There’s no way you can resist cheese? Have you ever thought that cheese is like a drug? You were not mistaken, because as early as the 1980s, scientists found opiate morphine in cheese.
In 1981, Israeli Eli Hazum and colleagues at Wellcome Research Laboratories reported traces of the chemical morphine, an opiate that causes addiction. Morphine has been shown to be found in cow’s milk as well as in human milk. It is there to attach the calf or baby to the mother and thus ensure that she gets enough nutrients for growth and development.
In addition, researchers have found the protein casein in milk, the molecules of which are broken down into casomorphins, which are also addictive. Higher concentrations of casein and casomorphin are present in the cheese, which makes the feeling of satisfaction even greater after eating it. Neal Barnard, MD, says: “Because virtually all liquid is excreted in cheese production and the opiate content is extremely high, it can be called milk crack (purified heroin).” A scientific article from the University of Illinois Extension states that casomorphins are opiates that have a calming, hypnotic and depressant effect.
Opiates, however, are not the only “evil” found in cheese. It contains large amounts of saturated fats and cholesterol, which is a major cause of cardiovascular disease. These are at the top of the list of the most common causes of death, accounting for almost half of all deaths at European Union level. But as said, the cheese is hard to resist because of the opiates it contains, despite these frightening data.
Chandra Moskowitz, author of Veganomicon and Vegan with a Vengeance, said of the fight against cheese addiction: “It will take you a few months for your palates to follow ethical reasons and get used to a cheese-free life. You will feel the lack at first, but the body will get used to it. For example, you will soon be able to taste the difference between unroasted and roasted pumpkin seeds. When you stop adding cheese to all your dishes, you will become an expert in tasting. ”