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Why does Cheese make me overeat?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created February 12, 2013 at 1:56 AM

Recently I bought some grass fed new zealand cheese from trader joes, and was eating some of the block I bought, over a course of three days. All three of those days though, I overate on overall calories A LOT, somewhat-binge 2500-3000 calorie days, on healthy foods, but it's like nothing could satisfy me. I was confused on why this was happening because I hadn't had ANY binge like behavior in a LONG time. Trying to look back and see what the problem was, I noticed that I had had cheese all three days, and all three days, about 20 minutes after eating cheese, I would become ravenous. SO I did a little experiment, and ate as usual the next day but with NO cheese.... and I had NO craving what so ever to OVER EAT! AT ALL! Does cheese release some kind of weird insulin response in some? This confused me because I've read that grass fed cheese can be very beneficial. I then realized that the cheese I was buying was grass fed, but also PASTEURIZED. Is it possible that the cheese was relatively nutritionally void and that's why I kept eating it, looking for the enzymes that had been destroyed? I found a place that sells RAW AND GRASS FED cheese online and I really want to buy some to test out if it causes me to overeat or not, but I'm worried it might just be a waste of money, when in fact CHEESE in general possibly just makes me overeat? Thoughts? Experiences?

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on June 04, 2013
at 12:24 PM

Sure: http://freefromharm.org/health-nutrition/addicted-to-cheese-and-ice-cream-the-opiate-qualities-of-dairy/ http://greatist.com/health/cheese-addictive

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on June 04, 2013
at 12:10 PM

Do you have links about that? Thanks.

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on February 26, 2013
at 08:46 PM

Babies drink forumala too, and that tastes like crap.

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on February 13, 2013
at 05:12 AM

I kinda doubt it cause cheese is usually hella salty but okay... maybe try drinking something instead of eating more... because if it is the sodium, it makes you thirtsy in my experience...

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on February 12, 2013
at 05:02 AM

hmm possible? I think my other foods were salty enough though. So I can't see that being it :/ I mean its possible, but i can't see it's saltiness causing me to binge.

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

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on February 12, 2013
at 04:30 AM

no denying it tastes good haha. But I eat other things that TASTE good, that don't cause that kind of effect on me, so I find it strange :/

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on February 12, 2013
at 04:29 AM

huh I've read to be wary of pasteurized, not raw dairy. And I don't think it's a candida thing, because on the cheese day, I still ate the same amount of carbs as the day without it (usually around 80g for me from safe starch) :/ thank you for your comment though!!

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1f71bc14f0578c349fecf45d7799a0a1

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on June 04, 2013
at 11:12 AM

Possibly because cheese contains casein protein which is highly addictive. I was doing a little research on it the other day, it's quite interesting.

"???Casein, one of the proteins in milk, crosses the blood-brain barrier and becomes something called casomorphins. Yes???m, that sounds a lot like morphine???because casomorphin is also an opiod. Nature designed it that way so young mammals would enjoy nursing, come back for more, and live to reproduce themselves.??? ???Human milk has only 2.7 grams of casein per liter. Cow???s milk has 26. And because it takes, on average, ten pounds of milk to make one pound of cheese or ice cream, you???re looking at a lot of casein and resultant casomorphin.???"

"As you digest casein, it breaks apart to release morphine-like chemicals. Since cheese is denser than milk, the casein is more heavily concentrated which means the cheese produces a larger amount of the ???drug.??? After swallowing cheese, these chemicals enter your bloodstream, pass to your brain and attach to your opiate receptors. Hence, making you feel addicted."

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

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on June 04, 2013
at 12:10 PM

Do you have links about that? Thanks.

1f71bc14f0578c349fecf45d7799a0a1

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on June 04, 2013
at 12:24 PM

Sure: http://freefromharm.org/health-nutrition/addicted-to-cheese-and-ice-cream-the-opiate-qualities-of-dairy/ http://greatist.com/health/cheese-addictive

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on February 12, 2013
at 04:08 AM

dairy tastes so good so babies want to drink it!! it's supposed to make you feel all happy inside and like you want to keep eating/drinking. that's how babies gain weight and get their nutrients so it would be pointless if it didn't taste good.

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

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on February 12, 2013
at 04:30 AM

no denying it tastes good haha. But I eat other things that TASTE good, that don't cause that kind of effect on me, so I find it strange :/

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on February 26, 2013
at 08:46 PM

Babies drink forumala too, and that tastes like crap.

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on June 04, 2013
at 11:59 AM

Dairy spikes insulin, which probably lowers your blood sugar and makes you hungry.

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/dairy-insulin/#axzz2VACBytuW

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on June 04, 2013
at 11:02 AM

I have the exact same problem when I eat cheese. Like you, not long after I eat cheese I find myself binging on anything I can find and just don't feel satisfied. I have no problems at all on the days I do not eAt cheese. I have been wondering for years if there is something in cheese that causes me to do this so interesting to know I'm not the only one.

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on February 12, 2013
at 04:55 AM

Maybe it's because cheese is salty and that makes food addictive. In addition, maybe the rest of the food you eat is not as salty, therefore you are no longer satisfied by it.

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

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on February 12, 2013
at 05:02 AM

hmm possible? I think my other foods were salty enough though. So I can't see that being it :/ I mean its possible, but i can't see it's saltiness causing me to binge.

B6c16d850e7305aad0507ad079ecf1d4

(232)

on February 13, 2013
at 05:12 AM

I kinda doubt it cause cheese is usually hella salty but okay... maybe try drinking something instead of eating more... because if it is the sodium, it makes you thirtsy in my experience...

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on February 12, 2013
at 02:27 AM

Wow, never heard of that. As far as eating unpasteurized cheese I would be wary. Our systems have been so coddled I doubt most can tolerate all the organisms that may be in it. Look at Mexico and the water...Americans take one sip and get Montezuma's revenge yet it does not faze Mexicans raised on it.

Just a thought here, but what about Candida yeast overgrowth? Eating cheese does not feed them so if you eat a meal that does not feed them and later feel hungry it could be a response from hungry yeast? Did the experiment days without cheese involve lots of carbs or sugars? Its a long shot but just wanted to throw that out there.

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

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on February 12, 2013
at 04:29 AM

huh I've read to be wary of pasteurized, not raw dairy. And I don't think it's a candida thing, because on the cheese day, I still ate the same amount of carbs as the day without it (usually around 80g for me from safe starch) :/ thank you for your comment though!!

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on February 26, 2013
at 05:55 AM

dairy makes you fat

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on February 26, 2013
at 05:40 AM

cheese is addictive due to "happiness" hormone in the milk and its condenced

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on February 26, 2013
at 05:39 AM

why are you eating cheese in a first place?

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