If you’ve ever felt powerless when faced with a basket of steaming hot mozzarella sticks, a bowl of macaroni and cheese, or an overflowing grilled cheese, you aren’t alone. In fact, a study released by Yale University at the end of last year confirmed it — cheese is basically crack (sort of).Now that you have come to terms with the fact that it’s more of an addiction than a craving, let’s discuss what really happens to your brain when you eat cheese. When you eat cheese, which contains casein, the brain’s opioid censors light up like a Christmas tree.
Another difficult-to-say-no-to component, based on this study, was fat. The fattier, more processed the casein-filled cheese, the more likely it is to mess with your dopamine receptors.
Still, we are inclined to think that this is a side-effect we can live with (at least in moderation), so here are a few ooey, gooey cheese dishes to feed your habit, but please cheese responsibly.
Fontina, Mushroom, and Truffle Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Melty Mozzarella Burger
Super Macaroni and Cheese
The accompanying slideshow is provided by special contributor, Kristie Collado.