Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Addicted to Cheese!

Addiction is addiction is addiction….

There is an ever growing body of research to suggest that certain foods are addictive-but who needs evidence based research? We don’t usually have to look far beyond the mirror to find someone we know and love with a chocolate, sugar or carb addiction. But, since I am trained to use research to guide my care of patients, I am fascinated by a recent article published by Dr. Neal Barnard, President of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

Dr. Barnard has found that people who are trying to move toward a more vegetarian lifestyle, or even vegan lifestyle-using no animal products or food that comes from animals—have a harder time giving up cheese than most other foods.

His research has found that when cheese is being digested, some of the components break down to form actual opiate like compounds. In fact, when a person is given naloxone, it appears to block the cravings for chocolate, cheese and meat.

The Coleman Institute has no plans at this point for a cheese detox….but keeping checking our website—you never know!

1 comment:

  1. I am totally addicted to cheese! When I feel down I actually melt a few oz of cheese in a bowl and eat it with a fork. I've been like this my whole life and have actually considered getting hypnotized so I don't like cheese anymore (but honestly, I can't bring myself to do it!). I guess the upswing is I usually don't eat desserts, sweets, or other "bad for you" foods like chips, etc. The only thing Im willing to spend calories on is cheese.