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Opiate Foods – Dairy Addiction

June 9, 2013

Ice CreamAddicted to Cheese and Ice Cream? The Opiate Qualities of Dairy

Much has been written in the last several years about the addictive qualities of dairy products due to a certain protein found in great abundance in cow’s milk: casein. Perhaps it was Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s seminal work, The China Study, that was the catalyst for this new understanding of dairy addiction.

In her new book, Main Street Vegan, 28-year vegan author Victoria Moran, includes a chapter called Hooked on Dairy, where she describes how we become chemically and emotionally addicted to dairy, followed by a chapter called The Vegan Dairy where she lays out a concrete plan to ease into a dairy free existence while still satisfying the cravings we once thought were the exclusive domain of things like cheese and ice cream.

Moran writes: “Casein, one of the proteins in milk, crosses the bloodbrain 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.” The result can be a major opiate addiction that can cause people to have serious withdrawal symptoms.

Writer Jennifer Valentine of recently discussed yet another basis for craving dairy that could be attributed to Umami: “Umami, or “savory” is an often-overlooked but extremely important taste experience. In fact, some scientists and dietitians have even linked umami cravings to difficulty adhering to a plant-based diet! Umami is often associated with animal foods, especially grilled meat and aged cheeses, likely due to their high levels of the amino acid glutamate.

However, there are plenty of plant-based sources of umami! Fermented foods are high in umami flavor, and roasting, caramelizing and browning foods (including soy-based foods and vegetables) boosts that “savory” factor.”

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  2. MooHeffer permalink

    Oh my! Savory flavor? It is soooo unfair! I cannot imagine the pain and suffering someone must go through to give up savory flavor! And to think, dairy foods, ice cream, cheese, whipped cream, being addictive? Oh, no! I almost want to bury my head beneath a pillow and to cry! The pain of giving up a craving and emotional connection with a tub of ice cream, the thought of it makes my eyes and bowel bleed! Say it ain/t so! But, just maybe this explains why so many people have been starting to look like cows?

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