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Casein is also the substance in cheese that makes people find it addictive. When casein is digested by humans, it breaks down into several chemicals, including casomorphine – an opioid peptide. Opiates hide inside casein, but as the molecules are digested, they break apart to release tiny opiate molecules with about one tenth the opiate strength of morphine. The addictive power of cheese in particular may be due to the fact that the process of cheese making removes water, lactose and whey proteins so that the casein is more concentrated.

Ever said to yourself or someone else ‘I could never give up cheese’? That’s the feeling the dairy industry counts on to sell its products of exploitation. But there’s good news: The cravings go away. All you need to do is decide for sure that you don’t want to be involved in the horrors of dairy production, and you’ll soon find that your feelings about cheese start to turn from delight to disgust.

And there’s even more good news! Not only are packaged vegan cheese alternatives becoming more readily available, but they’re getting better all the time. It’s far from being an essential ingredient in life, but it sure is a nice reward for kicking the dairy addiction.

Co-written with M Butterflies Katz

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Angel Flinn

Angel Flinn is Director of Outreach for Gentle World – a non-profit educational organization whose core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making the transition.


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10:02AM PDT on May 15, 2014

Trying to turn Vegan now, I am finding it very had to let go of cheese and now I know why. Meat on the other hand isn't that big of a deal.

4:20PM PST on Dec 30, 2011

very informative.

2:50PM PST on Feb 2, 2011


8:35AM PST on Dec 24, 2010

Proper labels, please!

5:25AM PST on Dec 14, 2010

Informative article.

5:10PM PST on Dec 12, 2010

Thanks for the info!

4:41PM PST on Nov 28, 2010

thanks for the great information.

10:28AM PST on Nov 28, 2010


2:10AM PST on Nov 28, 2010

Thank you for the article. I knew about Casein but I'll have to look more closely to some products now.

1:04PM PST on Nov 27, 2010

Read, thank you Angel.

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