We knew it!

There had to be a scientific reason we love cheese so much, and now we have evidence to back it up.

According to a study at the University of Michigan in the US, researchers found a chemical that occurs naturally in dairy products can trigger a part of the brain that is responsible for addiction.

Dr Neal Barnard of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine told the Daily Mail that the chemical casein “breaks apart during digestion to release a whole host of opiates called casomorphins”, which activate the brain’s opioid receptors.

The study looked at which items act as the “drugs of the food world”, and found that pizza was one of the world’s most addictive food, mostly because of it’s cheesy topping.

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“Fat seemed to be equally predictive of problematic eating for everyone, regardless of whether they experience symptoms of ‘food addiction,” Erica Schulte, one of the study’s authors, told Mic

Some scientists believe the influence of cheese is so potent that they refer to it as ‘dairy crack’. 

A number of studies have revealed that casomorphins lock with opioid receptors, which are linked with the control of pain, reward and addiction in the brain.

And with the average person estimated to consume around 35 pounds of cheese per person annually, we’re not at all surprised by these claims…

H/T Daily Mail

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