Cheese is as addictive as crack, New Study Explains Why

Updated: October 24, 2015
Addiction To Cheese: New Study reveals cheese triggers the same part of the brain as drugs

Cheese addiction exists, a study says of food that a doctor not connected to the research describes as “dairy crack.”

The study, published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine, dove into why certain foods are more addicting than others. Researchers in the study, identified addictive foods from about 500 students who recently completed the Yale Food Addiction Scale. This Scale is built to measure if someone is addicted to food.

The study revealed that pizza, was the most addictive food list. The reason that not only kids, but college students and adults love pizza, has to do with the cheese.

The study also revealed some foods are addictive because of how they were processed. The more processed and fatty the food, the more it was associated with addictive eating behaviors.

Cheese is more addictive due to the ingredient called casein. Casein is a protein found in all milk products. During the digestion stage, casein releases opiates called casomorphins.

“[Casomorphins] really play with the dopamine receptors and trigger that addictive element,” registered dietitian Cameron Wells told Mic.

So now there’s a reason why people reach for that extra pizza slice. Cheese addiction is real.