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It's official: Cheese is as addictive as crack cocaine. We could have told you that.

Tell us something we don’t know.

Cheese is the king of the dairy products. Let’s be real, it could easily constitute its own food group.

Soft, hard, crumbly, string, spray or even mouldy- we don’t care. Just GIMME GIMME GIMME.

Is that even a question, Channing?

If you have ever wondered why it is you would consider selling your grandmother for a slice of Edam, we have the answer. No, you’re not irrational. It’s science.

A study from the US National Library of Medicine has found that “not all foods are equally implicated in addictive-like eating behaviour.”

The study found that unprocessed foods such as brown rice or salmon are less likely to encourage addictive eating habits. A spud on its own? No worries. But turn that spud into a crunchy bag of salt-and-vinegar and you’ve got yourself a problem.

Team Mamamia’s favourite cheeses… mmmmm cheese…

Cheese may be lactose gold, but there is no denying it is often highly processed.

Cheese is also highly addictive because of a protein found in dairy called casein. During digestion, this protein breaks down and releases opiates called casomorphins. Casomorphins interact with opioid receptors affecting pain receptors and rewarding addiction.

A camembert high is an actual thing.

According to Mic, if your hankering for Haloumi is becoming a problem, you can purchase casein-free vegan cheese. Also known as not-cheese.

Cheese is, of course, high in fat also. So everything in moderation. right guys? And by moderation we mean an entire wheel of Danish Blue.

When it comes to cheese, what’s your poison?