Scientists behind a study into cheese and dairy products have found that they contain a chemical which is also found in hard drugs, as reported by TechTimes.
The study, which aimed to figure out why certain foods are more addictive, found that the casein present in cheese is associated with addiction. This was done using the Yale Food Addiction Scale, which is designed to measure a person’s dependence on a food.
The study deemed that casein can trigger opioid receptors in the brain, which are primarily linked to addiction.
The substance, which is present in all dairy products, can trigger the brain’s opioid receptors which are linked to addiction. Fatty and processed foods were also found to be addictive, though foods containing cheese were the top ranking in addictiveness.
The study was carried out on 120 undergraduates in total, with each participant asked to choose between 35 different foods. Each food was of different nutritional values and type.
The authors also found that processed foods were more associated with addictive behaviour, with fatty foods being the most difficult to put down.
A second part of the study was also carried out to help reaffirm results, with 384 involved. These people were given the same foods to choose from but in a hierarchical linear order. The researchers found fat to be the main link to problematic eating and whether or not people were addicted.
Moral of the story, be careful before you pick up the block of cheese, you may not leave it down again!