This Explains a Lot: Study Finds that Cheese Is Just as Addictive as Drugs

10/23/2015 at 12:36 PM ET

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We always knew there was something chemical about our hopeless obsession with cheese.

A new study from the University of Michigan that examined over 500 foods — and their addictiveness — found that cheese is particularly addictive due to its casein content. Casein, a protein found in all dairy products, releases opiates called casomorphins during the process of digestion.

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That’s right. Cheese’s delicious butter-fatty goodness is not the sole reason why we think about/need/crave it all the time.

“[Casomorphins] really play with the dopamine receptors and trigger that addictive element,” registered dietitian Cameron Wells told Mic.

Unsurprisingly, pizza ranked pretty high on the list of addictive foods, largely due to its cheese content. The study, published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine, also found that the more processed and fatty a food is, the more it inspires addictive eating.

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While there’s definitely power in awareness, we feel more discouraged than ever by the prospect of minimizing our cheese consumption, knowing the sort of odds we’re up against.

—Maria Yagoda, @mariayagoda

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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amykinjomo on

Ummm….thanks, but didn’t really need a study done to tell me this

LOL on

I love food, trust me, but I don’t think it’s an addiction. I mean I won’t get withdrawal symptoms or think it’s the end of the world if I can’t get a food I want. Sure, I get disappointed upon discovering I ran out of something but still.

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