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“Hi, my name’s Hailey and my cheese of choice is gouda,” I announced.

“Hi Hailey,” replied fellow cheese addicts.

This interaction, fortunate or unfortunate we have yet to determine, doesn't seem so out of the ordinary following a recent study published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

The study, which was conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan, shows that cheese does in fact share the same addictive characteristics as drugs. Thus, your claim of cheese addiction is no longer an exaggeration. 

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The study explored why certain foods are more addictive than others and which of those foods are identified as addictive. The study was produced from about 500 students who completed the Yale Food Addiction Scale. 

Researchers discovered the positive predictor behind a food's addictive properties is the way food is processed. The more processed and fatty the foods are, the more association they have with addictive eating behaviors like high dosage and a rapid rate of absorption. 

Pizza came out on the top of the list, none too surprising given most pizzas have that addicting layer of cheese on top. 

Cheese in particular is addictive because it contains the protein casein, most commonly found in milk. When digested, casein releases opiates called casomorphins, that play with the body’s dopamine receptors and trigger addictive elements. 

So, this is a warning for all you cheese fiends out there! Don’t let those little blocks of yellow consume your life, but rather allow yourself to consume them (in moderation of course). 

Or... don't. 

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