Ever felt like you couldn’t give up cheese? Cheese seems to come up time and again with those that I speak with daily who say that they could never go vegan because they would miss cheese too much but – ever think it might actually be a drug? The surprising news is that as far back as the 1980′s researchers have known that cheese contains trace amounts of morphine. In 1981, Eli Hazum and his colleagues at Wellcome Research Laboratories reported traces of the chemical morphine, a highly addictive opiate. It turns out that morphine is found in cow’s milk and human milk, purportedly to ensure offspring will bond very strongly with their mothers and get all the nutrients they need to grow. Like any bad drug – you want to relinquish it from your life because you know it’s just plain bad for you, in this case ‘dairy crack’.
Researchers also discovered the protein casein, which breaks into casomorphins when it is digested and also produces opiate effects. In cheese, casein is concentrated, and so is the level of casomorphins, so the pleasurable effect is greater. Neal Barnard, MD said, “Since cheese is processed to express out all the liquid, it’s an incredibly concentrated source of casomorphins—you might call it dairy crack.” Now I was a dairy crack addict before I went vegan – or so I thought, I thought I would miss cheese but surprisingly I didn’t – or at least not enough to carry on eating it knowing about the cruelty involved as well as the health risks associated with it’s consumption.
One research paper states, “Casomorphins are peptides produced from the breakdown of CN and possess opioid activity. The term opioid refers to morphine-like effects which include signs of sedation, tolerance, sleep induction, and depression.” – and if you feel that you suffer from any related symptoms there are natural plant based solutions that one can enjoy such as reishi or camomile tea (to relax to heal with), pure cocoa to uplift with etc. There are many healthy, natural avenues that one can enjoy just as much if not so much more.
And another research study conducted in Russia found that a type of casomorphin found in cow milk might impact human infant development negatively, specifically in a manner resembling autism.
To make matters worse, cheese also contains saturated fat and cholesterol, which contribute to heart disease.One ounce of cheese contains a large amount of saturated fat.
A recent New York Times article states Americans now consume about 33 pounds of cheese each year. Eliminating cheese and saturated fat consumption is something anyone can do to prevent heart disease, since “Unhealthy diets and lack of exercise kill about 300,000 to 500,000 Americans alone each year.”
Cutting back on cheese is not as challenging as it is made out to be – it’s simply a mind set. Once you have decided to omit dairy it is easy.
You need to give yourself a couple of weeks without cheese, some time to let your taste buds catch up with your ethics. It might sound like deprivation at first, but your body will adjust. Really don’t stress about the cheese thing – there are so many stunning plant based versions on market today, and the artisan healthy plant based cheeses are phenomenal – you can also make your own – I went from cheese for breakfast, lunch and dinner to no cheese at all for years until I discovered plant based cheeses – and I was better for it. I stopped having heart arrhythmias, I lost weight, my skin improved, my body odour improved, my skeletal structure became stronger and I have not suffered from flu and blisters on my lips ( known as herpes simplex) for over 6 years now.
And ‘surprise’ – the inserted picture is that of a variety of stunning vegan cheese choices – so why would you want to consume the ‘bad’ stuff when you have mega healthy vegan alternatives out there! Don’t let the dairy industry continue to fool you to eat their toxic products that are actually meant for mothers to feed their babies. Our vessels are not adjusted to cope the toxins that dairy cheeses poison our bodies with.
If you think that you’re addicted to cheese – please know that it’s simply a mind set to make the switch and that doing that is so much easier than you think!