It is rare to meet a person who does not jump at the chance to partake in a cheese board. Cheese is addictive. Perhaps an overused expression, but also a fact; cheese contains casein – a substance that, when digested, generates opioid peptides which activate a sense of well-being, a process similar to what happens with chocolate. But are some cheeses more addictive than others? The answer is yes – and it should come as no surprise that these are the most popular cheeses in the world.
Gouda cheese, of Dutch origin, is eaten by more than half the population of the Netherlands.
Parmesan, mozzarella and provolone
In Italy we find Parmesan, mozzarella, and provolone.
Goat Cheese, Brie, Camembert and Gruyere
Goat cheese, originating from the Middle East, can be enjoyed even by those of us who are lactose intolerant. France is famous for its delectable soft cheeses like Brie and Camembert.
Gruyere cheese, from Switzerland, is most commonly used for melty, delicious fondue.
The most popular cheese in Greece is feta, salty and crumbly.
It is impossible to imagine a cheeseburger, nachos, or macaroni without Cheddar – this delicious English cheese is unmistakable for its flavor and color.
Finally, blue cheese provokes love or loathing; there is no in-between. It is known for having a strong smell and taste. Among the most addictive blue cheeses are Roquefort cheese from France, Gorgonzola from Italy, and Stilton from England.
Pizza, tapas, lasagna, quesadillas, crepes, egg dishes, pasta, sandwiches, fondue, caesar salad – none would be complete without cheese. Not to mention all the foods that cheese compliments like figs, berries, nuts, soup, potatoes, bread, sauces, wine, and chocolate.
So, the next time you get caught polishing off that entire block of Cheddar, you can claim it is not your fault; you have an addiction!