Study Claims Cheese Is As Addictive As Drugs

By Michael Avery in Facts and DIY On 23rd October 2015

#1 Why Is This Important?

Because you always suspected you were a pizza junkie.

#2 Long Story Short

Cheese is as addictive as some drugs and has a similar effect on your brain, a new study claims.

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#3 Long Story

If you've ever joked that cheese is "like crack," you were actually on to something.

Getting hooked on the gooey stuff is a real phenomena because it releases habit-forming opiates in your body, new study claims.

A protein-based component called casein is the culprit, causing people crave and obsess over grub like pizza, grilled cheese and quesadillas.While you digest casein, it releases opiates also found in heroin and opium called casomorphins.

"[Casein] really plays with the dopamine receptors and trigger that addictive element," dietitian Cameron Wells told Mic.

It's so addictive, it should be called "dairy crack," Dr. Neal Barnard, president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, told Thrillist.

Pizza tops of the list of world's most addictive food, according to the study, which was published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine. The more processed and fatty the food is, the more addictive it will be, researchers said. (No word on where Skittles and Fritos place on the list.)

For the study, researchers investigated why certain foods are more addictive than others by examining the eating habits of 500 students, the L.A. Times reported. The students completed the Yale Food Addiction Scale, which measures if someone has a food addiction.

Humans love cheese because our brains have evolved to enjoy fat combined with salt and cheese is high in both. Add a dose of "casomorphins" to the already-mouthwatering mix you might need an intervention.

#4 Own The Conversation

Ask The Big Question: Is it worth changing your diet to avoid food addiction?

Disrupt Your Feed: Might be time to skip the pizza and order Thai.

Drop This Fact: Americans consume over 35 pounds of cheese per person each year.

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