A study by University College Dublin has indicated that those who eat plenty of cheese tend to be thinner than those who don’t.
Researchers studied 1,500 people and uncovered that those with high dairy counts were at no greater risk of getting fat thanks to their love of brie, or cheddar, or any cheese for that matter.
The results found that:
“An analysis of individual dairy foods found that cheese consumption was not associated with increased body fat or with LDL cholesterol.”
But cheese is also as addictive as drugs...
Cheese: is it one of the tastiest drugs in the world? Well if we are to believe a study from by the University of Michigan, the answer is yes. According to the findings, camembert, brie or roquefort are all capable of inducing the same kind of addictive effect as tobacco, alcohol or other drugs. Can't keep your hands off the cheese plate? Diving in for a fifth helping of mac 'n' cheese? Don't worry, your addiction is real: science says so.
The study, published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, studied the eating behaviours of 500 Michigan University students and analysed them alongside the Yale Food Addiction Scale. The first observation revealed that pizza seems to be the most addictive dish. And the reason behind this is due to that cherished ingredient: cheese.
Of course these addictive behaviours go back to chemical and biological mechanisms. Our dependence on these foodstuffs can be explained by the presence of a protein called casein, which is found in all milk products.
Dr Neal Bernard, doctor and researcher, explained to Mic that the substance: "breaks apart during digestion to release a whole host of opiates called casomorphins." Registered dietician Cameron Wells goes on to explain that it is these casomporhins that "really play with the dopamine receptors and trigger that addictive element".
It remains to be seen if these casomorphins have any positive effect on our health. But in the meantime, you better watch out for those Oreos too.
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