Dr. Neal Barnard, founder and president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, did extensive studies on the effects of cheese.Itcontains an animal protein, casein, that gets very concentrated during the cheese making process. Casein is a beadlike string of amino acids that the stomach cannot digest completely. After digestion,it forms peptide chains, that are small strings of casein, called casomorphins. These casomorphins attach themselves to the opiatereceptors in the brain, causing an effect similar to morphin.

How does this work?

Mother milk contains a substance that has a calming effect on the baby.

Cow milk contains this substance as well in small quantities. To make 1 kg of cheese, 10 liters of milk are needed. During the process, all the water is removed, leaving only the fat and very concentrated casein.

This opioid effect can cause dependency in case of extreme consumption. This addictive effect in itself is not bad, but the fact that it makes us eat more cheese is causing the bad effect.Cheese is a high-calorie dairy product full of saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol. Saturated fat increases the risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes. The high percentage of fat (70%) in cheese brings on a lot of calories. Eating too much of it can lower your conscience, cause fatigue and depression.

The opiate effect can also be constipating.

Whether eating dairy is healthy or not has been a discussion point for a very long time. Supporters will say that cheese is an important source of calcium and vitamins B and D. They even claim that eating cheese can prevent tooth decay.Opponents will argue that cheese contains too much fat and salt.

Some say that the human body is not equiped to digest cow milk.

Some studies say that cheese causes diabetes, others claim it prevents diabetes. There are no conclusive studies about the subject.

Fact is, that too much is never good. Eating cheese once in a while will provide you with a necessaryamount of amino acids and vitamins without the bad effects of too much fat and salt.

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