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Cheese – Free Yourself

As I’ve said before, I love cake. It’s hard for me to resist a piece. Researchers at the University of Michigan did a study on what foods are the hardest to resist – cake, itself, wasn’t on the list – but chocolate was, it tied with chips for #2 and #3. And what was #1; the most difficult food to resist? Pizza.


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Feeling good

What makes a particular food a problem? What makes you overeat that food and then feel so bad about it? Lets use pizza for example;all that greasy, salty, cheese. That combination gives all the ‘feels’, as it were. And why? Cheese, and other dairy products have a type of opiate built right in.




Opiates in dairy products

When casein, a protein in cheese, is digested it breaks into its component amino acids to be absorbed in the bloodstream so other proteins can be built with them. But casein also breaks down into longer fragments of amino acid chains that may be four or five amino acids in length. These longer fragments are called casomorphins – ‘casein-derived morphine-like compounds’ – andattach to the same receptors in the brain that narcotics attach to.

These opiate-like molecules are meant for nursing calves. When they nurse and digest the casein molecules, the neurotransmitter dopamine is released and they experience a calming effect. Think of it as a reward for nursing well and growing up.




Coming back for more

A cup of milk contains nearly 8 grams of protein, about 80 percent of which is casein. Turning milk into Cheddar cheese concentrates the protein content seven-fold, to 56 grams, making it the most concentrated food-source of casein you can find.

Our cheese cravings are triggered so easily and we keep eating more and more. And what is our reward? A few moments of happiness on the tongue; saturated fat, salt, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.  Break your dependence on cheese. Your heart will thank you.




Dr. James Kneller treats atrial fibrillation, arrhythmia, and other heart conditions.  He is an internationally recognized authority on cardiovascular health and personal development.




Barnard, Neal. The Cheese Trap: How Breaking a Surprising Addiction Will Help You Lose Weight, Gain Energy, and Get Healthy. Grand Central Life & Style, 2017.–eat–drink–and-be-wary.html