Cheese addiction explained

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Edited: Nov 15, 2010, 11:23am

Cheese is addictive because it contains morphine, reports the Internet: " It turns out that morphine is found in cow milk and human, purportedly to ensure offspring will bond very strongly with their mothers and get all the nutrients they need to grow."
via boingboing

Nov 15, 2010, 11:16am

Damn... Well, maybe I should be eating even more of it then.

But who am I bonding with? The fridge? The grocery store people?

Nov 15, 2010, 11:23am

My links got stripped out. Should be more informational now.

Nov 15, 2010, 11:45am

I hope this doesn't mean that cheese will end up on the Controlled Substances list!

Nov 15, 2010, 11:57am

When cheese is outlawed, only outlaws will have cheese.

And cheese graters.

And we won't hesitate to use them.

Edited: Nov 15, 2010, 12:18pm

No way I'm giving it up or even considering cutting it back. I don't eat much mammal, so I figure indulging in cheese is fine. I don't actually melt it on much, either, except maybe cauliflower. Plus, my cholesterol levels are all good.

Now I'm thinking I need to combine cheese with dark chocolate somehow. Then I'll be REALLY happy. ;o)

Nov 15, 2010, 1:56pm

That explains everything if it's true. Yeah, that would be funny if there was this amendment that bans cheese from being used like alcahol so many years ago.

Nov 15, 2010, 2:50pm

You can have my cheese when you pry it from my cold, dead hand...

The world makes so much more sense now! :)

Nov 15, 2010, 7:33pm

I think the idea of the cheese and dark chocolate might have some merit! Cheese kills any existing experience of pain and then dark chocolate makes you feel loved. It's the answer to EVERYTHING!

Nov 15, 2010, 10:03pm

Ohh, one of my favorite things to eat is a cheese platter thus: rice crackers (I'm addicted to the Blue Diamond brand, the smoked almond flavor), blue cheese (don't know which one, I buy one that says "Danish," what would its name be?), Cheddar, strawberries, cubed melon, sliced pears, and a bar of dark chocolate in chunks. Combine at will.

Nov 15, 2010, 10:34pm

So all those times my son looked happily drugged after being nursed, he really was o.0

Nov 16, 2010, 12:24am

You better avoid eating cheese before giving birth. If you eat the wrong bagel, your children will be seized by US police:

Nov 16, 2010, 12:32am

But that was because of poppy seeds, not cheese... no?

Nov 16, 2010, 4:20am

True, it was because of the bagels. I seem to remember that the mythbusters once did the poppy seed bagel myth, but I can't remember the outcome.

And morphine in cheese, and its addictive qualities only reaffirm the image people have of us Dutchies, not only as cheeseheads but as addicts :D But I will never ever give up my cheese! ;)

Nov 16, 2010, 5:24am

#6 Not quite the same as chocolate, I know, but you might get a similar sweet/savoury kick from the popular Greek combination of cheese and honey - yummmmm!

Nov 16, 2010, 9:43am

Actually, I saw that Mythbusters episode too. The myth was that poppy seeds was as lethal as alcahol and it could be mistaken for alcahol in a breath test. It was busted because you must eat AN INSANE AMOUNT of poppy seeds in order for that to happen. That's good news for me, because I love my lemmon popyseed muffins and bread loaves.

Nov 16, 2010, 1:04pm

I remember the Mythbusters episode being that you could blow a workplace drug screen from eating too many poppy seed bagels or poppy seed muffins/bread. It was a long time ago, but my recolllection was that the myth was upheld, with at least one of the foods, because the opiates did show up in the screening. The guys on the show did have to eat a lot, though - probably more than anybody would normally eat in one meal. But what if you really, really liked poppyseed cake and ate it at breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, etc., all in one day?

Nov 16, 2010, 2:58pm

>#15 Mmmm, Booksloth. Two girlfriends and I were trying out some new honey the other day, Chestnut honey. It smell yucky, but paired with dry, hard, Toscano cheese and some ham, on a bagle (not poppyseed), it was divine.

:^D~~~ "mouth watering"

I don't eat cheese regularly, but indulge heavily on special occasions. NOW I know why I crave it so much....gimme some o' that morphine!

Nov 16, 2010, 11:48pm

I have a new favorite cheese; Cambozola. A sort of cross between Brie and Blue. Mmmmm. I wonder what the morphia qualities of mold are?

Nov 18, 2010, 9:13am

Brunost - brown Norwegian goat cheese. Made from caramelized milk, cream, and whey.

Nov 18, 2010, 9:38am

#19 - Yeah, that's a doozy. It's a Camembert that's been injected with the Gorgonzola mold. I guess it was 'invented' in the 1970s, but I only stumbled on it about 5 years ago. If you're ever in a pinch and can't find it Saga Blue is a good substitute.

Nov 18, 2010, 11:23am

I am also a big fan of Gorgonzola and many veined cheeses.

I once took a food safety class and before we started we were given a survey. One of the questions was if I ever ate cheese with mold on it. I answered, "As often as I can!"

Nov 18, 2010, 12:32pm

#20 - Is that a dessert cheese? *drool*

#22 - Mwaa haa haa. Somehow that reminded me of a quote from Kurt Vonnegut (blasted non-functioning touchstones!)
"That is like worrying about a cheese spoiling if you don't put it in the refrigerator. What can happen to a pricelessly stinky cheese that hasn't already happened to it?"

Nov 18, 2010, 12:54pm

>23 clamairy:
I'm not sure. I saw it on a Rick Steves travel thing last night and they were eating it by itself.

Nov 18, 2010, 2:23pm

#20 OMZ!!! That... is... lovely. Must taste it soon! Though I don't think it'll be easy to find here. :(

Speaking of blue cheese, the other night I was having dinner with a friend at a restaurant. I had ordered chicken fingers and they came with ranch dressing. So my friend takes a chicken finger, dips it in the dressing, tastes it, and proclaims: there's blue cheese in this. And I answer, no, there isn't. And a discussion ensued. I stood firm in my knowledge that no, ranch dressing definitely does not contain blue cheese in any form, and his taste buds are really, really confused. He refutes me. He even asked the waiter what was in the dressing! Obviously, the waiter's answer did not include the mention of blue cheese. Throughtout all this, I was super amused. So, the other day I got some blue cheese at the supermarket and I'm planning on serving him a big chunk so he can taste for himself how wrong he is. The nerve! Defying a cheese connoisseuse like this! Ha!

This saga will continue later with the conclusion. Sorry to leave you all hanging in suspense. :p

Nov 18, 2010, 2:26pm

I had a blue cheese burger last Sunday and it was divine. The cheese crumbles were so big and melted perfectly on top of the sauteed onions. I've got to learn how to cook so I can make one of those here at home!

Nov 18, 2010, 3:01pm

My mouth is watering. I have some lovely Gouda for lunch today. I think I'll have it now!

Nov 18, 2010, 3:13pm

I have a big hunk of Rocquefort cheese in my home.....sigh. I am not at home.

I made that wonderful sour cream, cream cheese, and blue cheese sauce mentioned elsewhere and I think I might have it on a baked potato tonight...and maybe that will be all.


By the way, I am having a little trouble with my liver enzymes being a bit high due to the chemotherapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis that I am taking. The Rheumatologist took me off the methotrexate and I am sure my liver will return to health, but I am wondering if any of you kow of anything I might eat or drink or take to help my liver heal itself.

If this is all too much information...please feel free to send me a PM.

Nov 18, 2010, 4:29pm

#23/24/25 - No, it isn't, it's to be served as topping on a sandwich.
The going joke here is mesost (as we call it) is popular in the US because of it's low calorie content. Personally I can't stand it, it tastes awful. IMHO.

BTW this thread is making me dig out the last sliver of Morbier. And tomorrow I'll make that pear/blue cheese pie.

Maggie, sadly I have no ideas on a good diet :(

Edited: Nov 18, 2010, 4:59pm

All this talk of cheese should be in the "Cheese!" group. That poor neglected group is foundering for want of new posts.

P.S. Thank you Claimary for your recent post.

Edited: Nov 18, 2010, 5:39pm

#30 - LOL That group really should be a bit more active... I'm almost always reading books while I'm eating cheese!

Nov 20, 2010, 10:17pm

#29 - I think it is the same as what we call gjetost here. I love it shaved very thin and served on an apple slice or toasted on a bagel. It is sweet and caramel flavored, and if you slice it too thick it is somehow nasty.

Nov 21, 2010, 12:27pm

Yes, that's the same stuff :)

Nov 21, 2010, 2:16pm

Cheese is always good.

Edited: Nov 21, 2010, 3:12pm

Much as I want to I can't agree. There are some truly inedible cheeses out and about...

Nov 23, 2010, 12:14am

Plastic-wrapped, neon orange, American "cheese" slices, for starters...


Nov 23, 2010, 5:54am

In my family, those are affectionately referred to as "compressed goldfish".

Nov 23, 2010, 6:53am

Here in England the very idea of 'cheese in a can' is something in the category of the yeti - we've heard of it, we might even quite like to see it at a distance, but we're not completely convinced it actually exists and we never, ever want to come into close contact with it.

Nov 23, 2010, 7:56am

Those 'compressed goldfish' are greatly loved by the toddlers I take care of, daily. They call them Square Cheese; the Laughing Cow is the Triangle Cheese; and String Cheese is just String Cheese. We snack on cheese a great deal. I did give them some "real" Cheddar yesterday and they liked it!!!!

Nov 23, 2010, 8:14am

I love both American cheese (though I've never seen it in neon orange) and squeeze cheese (cheese in a can). My addiction is strong.

Nov 23, 2010, 9:15am

I admit I love a grilled cheese sandwich made with Kraft process American cheese, or even better, Velveeta. Paired with a bowl of Campbell's Tomato Soup with some oyster crackers floating on top, and you have the perfect comfort food.

Nov 23, 2010, 11:10am

That meal is perfection for a cold day. On a trip to China in the 1980s we were lucky enough to get to ride a boat down the Yantzee River (before the dams) for several days. It was very cold!!!! March!!! All the food was, of course, Chinese cuisine but one day for lunch...what should appear - Tomato Soup! The boys in our group loved it so much the chef made it a couple more times and we were only on the boat for maybe 3 days. He did not, however, know how to make American Toasted Cheese Sandwiches. It was fun.

Edited: Nov 25, 2010, 7:32pm


Yes I've heard there are some pretty awful cheeses out there, but I've never had any. We know nothing about cheese in a can where I live (it reallly sounds terrible), and I've heard of string cheese but never encountered it. I guess there are some exotic varieties I'm yet to taste.

Nov 25, 2010, 8:01pm

Oh I love the Laughing Cow triangle cheese! In fact, I got some right now in the fridge, though not that brand, but Président.

This looks pretty neon orange to me:


Nov 26, 2010, 2:14pm

True story - A friend of mine left an unopened package of processed cheese slices (as in #36, & 44) in his van, which he uses infrequently. It was parked outside. About a year later he was cleaning it out in preparation for a trip and found them. They were a bit faded, but looked fine otherwise (after a summer and winter in an unheated, unprotected vehicle). Last time I saw the package it was still unopened sitting in his workshop - still no mold, rot, or shrinkage, but a bit more faded after several years. I should ask if he still has it and get a picture.

Nov 26, 2010, 2:29pm

So you are saying that process cheeze slices don't have an expiry date, they have a half life?

Nov 26, 2010, 2:43pm

>44 Delirium9:
The colored packing there is a bit decieving but it doesn't matter, I'd eat it if it were paisley.

Nov 26, 2010, 5:12pm

#47: Amen, sister.

Nov 26, 2010, 7:17pm

Now that's just... wrong. Makes me wonder what exactly goes into that product.

Nov 26, 2010, 7:17pm

Bought three yummy cheeses to take to Thanksgiving dinner for appetizer course: a gorgeous St. Argus (blue), Dafois (rich and creamy) and a semi-hard Pecorino Scaparolo. CHEESE HEAVEN! Well, the turkey cooked much faster than expected, so there wasn't time for apps. Guess what's in my fridge? Yep, they're all there, calling out, "eat meeee". I only eat cheese anymore on special occasions, but crave it always. I don't think I'm going to be able to resist!

Processed "American" cheese tastes just the same as the plastic it's wrapped in, IMHO.

Nov 27, 2010, 11:16am

Nov 27, 2010, 12:31pm

#51 - Nice!

Nov 29, 2010, 2:54pm

>45 NorthernStar:
Your story reminds me of an article I read quite a while back about a class who was doing an archeological dig in a landfill. They found a hotdog that looked like it had just come out of a package but it was over thirty years old!

Nov 29, 2010, 7:27pm

Re #45 - I checked - the "cheese" is still there. The package is a bit dusty and the contents are looking a little dry around the edges. Maybe we could collaborate with that archaeology class to make an eternal cheese dog.