Well, this would certainly explain a lot.
Cheese Is Addictive as Cocaine, Science Says
In the research, 500 participants were surveyed on their food cravings. During the study, meals containing cheese were the most sought-after, owing to the amount of dairy found in the dish.
The dishes, including pizza, ranked highly due to high levels of casein, which triggered the participants’ brain opiod receptors to offer a similar reaction to that of drug addiction.
Well, okay, I guess. Given my own inordinate fondness for cheese of every variety except Limburger, I won’t argue. Unfortunately, with the last paragraph, it’s pretty easy to see where this is headed:
“This is a first step towards identifying specific foods, and properties of foods, which can trigger this addictive response,” says co-author of the study, Nicole Avena. “This could help change the way we approach obesity treatment. It may not be a simple matter of ‘cutting back’ on certain foods, but rather, adopting methods used to curtail smoking, drinking and drug use.”
Anybody who thinks federal regulation, or an outright ban, will be long in coming is kidding themselves. After which I’ll no doubt be herded off to mandatory “treatment” in some government “recovery center” in very short order. On the bright side, hope is rekindled in the “Related stories” headline found in the margins of the “cheese=crack” article:
All RIIIIGHT. Now you’re speaking my language, people.
I must say, in wandering through my post categories to make selections for this one, I was astonished to find a pre-existing “Cheese” category, although God only knows what I might have put in there over the years, or what possessed me to establish it in the first place. Coincidence? I THINK NOT.