The other day, I was flipping through an old issue of Culture, the cheese magazine, and I came across this crazy fact:

As the body digests dairy, the milk protein casein creates an opiate-like effect through the production of peptides called casomorphins. Since casein is concentrated in cheese, more casomorphins are producted. Neal D. Barnard compared this opioid reaction to an infant’s feeding on its mother’s milk. A cheese eater may become as relaxed and euphoric as a newborn baby.

How fascinating is that? Makes me want to go buy some La Tur immediately.

P.S. How to keep lipstick off your glass, birthday cheese and a cheese wedding cake.

(Photo by Dana Velden)