Ever wondered why it’s so difficult to give up cheese? The truth is cheese has an addictive compound that affects the brain making it extra difficult to live without. Along with its addictive compounds, though, cheese also has a negative effect on your health.
Since the 1980s, scientists have known that milk and dairy products can have traces of the chemical morphine, cheese having the highest. How exactly did morphine get in there? During the cheesemaking process, lactose sugar and water is extracted from milk, but what is left behind is a high concentration of milk proteins known as casein. Casein breaks into casomorphins when digested which produces opiate effects. In cheese, this casein is extra-concentrated, and so is the level of casomorphins when consumed, resulting in a pleasurable effect that can be hard, but necessary to give up.
Not only does is have drug like effects on your brain, but it can also wreck havoc on your body.Let’s take a look at how cheese is bad for your health.
- Cheese releases histamine in your system. This is one reason why some people may break out into a rash when consuming cheese.
- Cheese can trigger migraine attacks and arthritis flares.
- Cheese is also high in fat, a 2 oz. serving has 15 grams of fat and 350 milligrams of sodium content. Seventy percent of its calories are from fat and not only can it make you gain weight, but because of its high fat content about half of all rheumatoid arthritis flare ups are caused by consuming cheese. The fattiness of cheese can also be partly responsible for high blood pressure and an increase in your LDL(bad cholesterol) that builds up and blocks arteries.
- Cheese also increases insulin like growth factor (IGF-I) that leads to cancer and abnormal cell growth.
Each person reacts differently to cheese or dairy products. The best way to know if it has a negative effect on your body is to eliminate it from your diet for 30 days, then slowly reintroduce it back into your diet. Unless you have removed these problematic foods and reset your system you may never know whether it affects you negatively or not. Your CrossFit gym has many whole 30 and paleo challenges that can help you reset your system. There are also many paleo books out there that can help get you back on track, for instance The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf is a great book to help you on your way or ask your coach how to get you back on track with whole 30 or paleo ideas.