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ALL ABOUT CHEESE

Breaking up is hard to do.

"How can anyone govern a nation that has 246 different kinds of cheese?"

-  Charles de Gaulle, Former President of France

Of all the food hazards on the planet, cheese and dairy get a gold medal (class-one carcinogenic processed meats get a silver). Turns out, casein, the protein in mammals milk, has an addictive opiate compound called casomorphins. Plus, the high saturated fat and cholesterol content in cheese and dairy are dangerous for our body and brain. To add insult to injury, cheese has a high salt content. A quadruple threat. Ready to re-think cheese and dairy products? 

 

Check out six viable suggestions...

 

  • Quadruple Threat: get educated about saturated fat, cholesterol, salt, and casein. Connect the dots to higher risks of heart disease, type-2 diabetes, cancer, and chronic ailments. Still into cheese and dairy? Ok, try this...

  • Environment: learn about the dairy industry's menacing effects on the planet. Diary cows' farts and belches create greenhouse gas emissions which contribute to climate changes. High water and land use for raising and feeding these massive animals is unsustainable, too. Still into cheese and dairy? Ok, try this...

  • Dairy Farming: watch a film or read a book about CAFO's (concentrated animal feeding operations), and in particular about industrial dairy farming. Then, gather information on antibiotics, hormones, cattle diseases, feces in food, and horrific environments for food animals as well as for the unfortunate people who live around CAFO's. Still into cheese and dairy? Ok, try this...

  • Taste Buds: allow your body to take a break from cheese and dairy, let your palate re-awaken, and begin to savor food's real flavors again. Physiologically, this takes about two to four months. If you fall off the wagon today, no worries. Be kind to yourself and get back on tomorrow. Still into cheese and dairy? Ok, try this...

  • Substitutes: eat faux-vegan alternatives like Miyoko's Creamery cheeses - the only products that don't hurt my intestines. CEO Miyoko Schinner is a badass chef and food pioneer, too. Still into cheese and dairy? Ok, try this...

  • Reversed Taco Tuesday: start a Veg Taco Tuesday and eat cheese and dairy once a week on Tuesdays. Heads up: food addicts might consider going cold-turkey. Food Triggers (salt, sugar, fat) can wake up Food Monsters. 

 

The naked truth is this: cheese and dairy products significantly increase the risk of chronic diseases, and casomorphins in cheese (an opiate compound) make it addictive. Now you know.

If nothing works and you still want to eat cheese and dairy because... well, just because you still want to eat cheese and dairy, then eat cheese and dairy armed with food education. After all, it's sophomoric to do nothing at all if you can't do everything. That said, consider breaking up with cheese. Your future self, food animals, and the planet will thank you.

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