So, a recent study by some nebulous group claims that cheese is as addictive as drugs. I must confess to having a weakness for this particular addictive substance. Do you?
Here’s how it works. Cheese contains casein, the type of protein found in “mammallian milk products,” most concentrated in cheese. Casein, in turn, activates the same brain triggers as much-abused opiates such as hydro/oxycodone and the ilk. (It does not treat pain, however…otherwise, granny could down a pound of sharp cheddar to knock out that arthritis, eh?).
My mom is the only person on God’s green earth I have ever met who dislikes cheese, which makes me wonder if I was adopted. Because I like me some cheese. The only kind of cheese I somewhat dislike is Swiss, but I’ll even eat that in a pinch. And I’m telling you….put feta or goat cheese on just about anything and I’m there.
Feta is my favorite cheese, and my current obsession is the spicy shrimp pizza from Newk’s Eatery with feta and goat cheese added, minus the red bell peppers (which have decided they do not like me despite my fondness for them).
How about you–what’s your favorite cheese or cheese dish? Or are you, like my mom, immune to the addictive properties of the mammalian milk product?