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Just Like a Real Drug: Is Cheese The Most Addictive Food In The World?

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Cheese addiction

University of Michigan researchers confirm that milk stimulates the same parts of the brain as narcotics, thus possibly making cheese the most addictive food in the world.


A study from the University of Michigan that was published in the National Library of Medicine, concluded that cheese is as addictive as certain drugs. Dairy stimulates the same parts of the brain as some narcotics.

The researchers pointed out that the more processed and fatty the food, the more likely it is to provoke dependency. More specifically cheese, as most of the products they analyzed, contained the dairy delight.

Researchers conducted the study using two different sample groups: one in a university setting and the second in a community setting. 120 undergraduates participated in Study 1 and 384 participants, recruited through Amazon MTurk, participated in Study 2.

Results showed that in Study 1, processed foods, higher in fat and GL, were most frequently associated with addictive-like eating behaviors.

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Food derived from animal milk contains a high concentration of casein, a protein found in most dairy products that stimulate opiate receptors in the brain.

Some refer to cheese as the dairy drug. However, unlike drugs, it is not harmful to health, as long as it is consumed in moderation.

Do you like cheese? How many pounds of cheese do you think you consume in a week? Let us know in the comments section below if you agree or disagree with this study’s conclusion that cheese is highly addictive.

In fact, here is the real reason wannabe Vegans can't let go of cheese. So many people give up on attempting a vegan diet because of their addiction to cheese. What is more, many who become vegan end up relying on Nutritional Yeast as a substitute for cheese.

Check out our perfectly decadent homemade Vegan Mac and Cheese recipe before you leave.