About a year ago, scientists proved that cheese is as addictive as drugs.
Cheese contains casein (as do all dairy products), which triggers the brain's opioid receptors which are linked to addiction. The same goes for processed foods and fatty foods, but cheese is the highest ranked on the addiction scale. Foods with a higher fat content are linked to addictive-like eating, which is why it can be hard to stop eating junk food.
"[Casomorphins] really play with the dopamine receptors and trigger that addictive element," says Cameron Wells, a registered dietitian. Some experts go so far as to call cheese "dairy crack."
Universally, cheese is looked at as unhealthy, but a new study shows that it actually could be way better for us than we think.