Monday, November 15

Morphine in cheese...

Apparently, since the 1980s there has been trace amounts of morphine in the cheeses that we've been eating. On top of being regulated by Dairy Management to be placed in as much of our food as possible, it's got legitimate addicting properties. When cheese is processed, the levels of the morphine are greater than would be in just plain milk.

“Since cheese is processed to express out all the liquid, it’s an incredibly concentrated source of casomorphins—you might call it dairy crack.”

Read more at Care2 by clicking the dairy crack



Isabel Maples said...

As a registered dietitian for National Dairy Council, let me say that this is a ridiculous theory. Some cheeses contain small amounts of casomorphins, which are small fragments of protein. When they are present, these protein pieces are broken down in the digestive tract and used as nutrients – they never make it to the brain to have an “addictive” effect. Both plant and animal foods have compounds with similar activity. Hey, it can be hard enough to eat right without such misinformation adding to people's confusion, especially given the health benefits of nutrient-rich dairy foods like low-fat cheese.

hdolphin68 said...

Thank you for clearing that up cause my boyfriend says all our food that we eat has morphine in it. He only lets me eat vegetables & I love my meat. Being from the Midwest, Nebraska, of course I love meat & dairy products. He says even milk has morphine in it. Please tell me if this is true, cause I'm 43 & have had all this in my meals since a child. I would think I would be dead by now if this were true!

CG said...

Actually as a registered nurse for registered dietitian for National Dairy Council you might want to review data sources.

Morphine has been found to a product of animal biosynthesis pathways.

we are talking about a different substance than peptide endorphin compounds, which are what was known as the main endo opioids found in animals.

this is a big issue, because the medical community is decades behind the research into endogenous morphine.

there is plenty of data out there for those interested in this subject.

the morphine presursor found in nature called reticuline, is found in various plant materials, some used as food, some used as traditional medicines/dietary supplements.

the fact that animals produce morphine( maybe not ALL animals perhaps, though vertebrate and invertebrates have tested positive)
is lost on most of the medical and food science industry....
if you want to do research on the food supply, I would look into ANY meat substance and dairy product,
and for plant sources I would look to Annona species, specifially the soursop fruit.
a detailed report on a parkonsinian type illness from consuming soursop exists online. Soursop produces reticuline, and apparently this can be metabolized into morphine in animals, soursop is linked with this illness, and some scientists suspected reticuline might be the cause. this struck me as possibly relevant to parkinsons research, though later this report seemed to relax suspicions that reticuline is the cause, as another compound was found to be doing the dopaminergic destruction.

yep, the authorities have ALOT of catching up to do.
some of the "experts" in this feild of research, are actually certian well read addicts, some of whom are outraged that their claims of endogenous opioid/opiate deficiency were laughed at as "wishful" thinking.
yeah, alot of catching up, and maybe some humbling of ego's is in order.

I cant even imagine the legal issues associated with this fumbling of data and research, but that doesnt come close to the huge implications that this has for health issues.

the evidence builds, and the dam will break soon enough I hope.