My name is Tim and I'm addicted to cheese. But what I discovered recently shook me to the core.
I hardly see the cheese balls they sell at the supermarket. A piece of cheese halums Half eat, in my refrigerator becomes yellow.
My cheese dreams are shattered.
Shortly after life without limitations, Could it be possible that cheese is more an enemy than a friend? Is it addicted to something that is not good for my body?
These questions began to emerge a few months ago, when I started producing an episode for me podcast the BBC: We all welcome that dairy products are a problem we need to be afraid of.
Between pleasure and moderation
For some time, I questioned the logic of adults for drinking milk.
While milk and dairy products, such as cheese and yoghurt, are good sources of protein and calcium and can be part of a healthy and balanced diet, as Dr. Greger explained from NutrionFacts.org: "There is no animal on the planet that drinks milk after weaning, and yet, to drink Milk from other species does not make much sense"
Greger has made a series of studies showing the potential effect of shortening the drinking life of this "hormonal stew".
I always thought that cheese is, compared with the rest, more mature dairy products, maybe benign or even more useful.
It fits into the mental picture of Greek and Italian elders who generously spread feta and pecorino cheese, but in reality, only a weak to moderate part of the cheese is included in the sacred Mediterranean diet.
I also decided the diagnosis of my childhood for lactose intolerance could not prevent me from eating pleasure Paneer cheese in India or dip a piece of bread into a fondue on my travels for skiing.
Remove the cheese?
Perhaps this feeling of negation mixed with illusion is a consequence of real dependence.
A doctor from the United States addressed the controversy up cheese as "milk fissure" (None of the professors that supported this theory) about allegedly dependent opiates-like chemicals, or even proposed a three-step program to eliminate dietary cheese, something like a kind of sarco detoxification.
Step 1: Know why you want to break with cheese.
Well, indeed, I do not feel like I want to get away from it.
But for the journalistic goal to check if cheese is less scary than milk, I took my head out of the sand (under which a special Turkish cheese allegedly fermented) and contacted three of the big heavy weights of the diet.
They all agreed that the intake of milk secretion of another species is something strange to us and that adults should not take it.
But can a consensus be reached on cheese?
Dr. Michael Greger follows the hard line: with his combination of concentrated sodium and fat, it should not be part of our daily diet.
"Make that part of a special occasion more than a fraction of the day," says the expert.
Dr Walter Willett, a nutrition professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, takes a semi-hard look at cheese.
"They do not seem to have the same effects that promote growth when compared to those of milk. Eat your Bree in moderation and enjoy it"says and recommends consuming only one serving of dairy products per day.
But at Cornell University, nutrition professor David Levitsky has a slightly softer attitude about the dangers of dairy products and admits that every night he eats a small cheese before dinner.
"I enjoy it, but not as large quantities of cheese"
The consensus, in a way, is that cheese should not be at the upper end of the spectrum.
30 years later …
With the intention of removing the bound eyes, I went to see my doctor, Enam Aboud, in Harley Street Health Center, to analyze lactose intolerance 30 years after the first diagnosis.
He confirmed that he was not only intolerant of lactose, but that by ignoring it, it could burn the intestines.
According to Dr. Aboud, Probably do not absorb vitamins and minerals, which is not good for my immune system, for my energy levels, and even for my mood.
The damage may be the result of my exaggerated consumption of dairy products that has been going on for years.
Abood recommends that if I eat cheese, I should take a lactate pill, which will give me an enzyme that I, and many people like me, do not have to be able to properly recreate dairy products.
Lactase is an enzyme that decomposes lactose into glucose and galactose.
One positive aspect of my medical journeys was that a gut expert told me that one piece of unpasteurized cheese, rich in bacteria, was not processed, is a gift of the gut microbiome.
After setting a chapter on the key role of the gut in our mood, it's logical to keep the cheese on the table.
I've never gotten so far Think step 2: think about what you can do to change the recipes that you already have. Step 3: Think about non-dairy cheeses.
It is too much even to consider digesting them.
Instead, I think of himor confusing that it is getting final answers about diet.
I think I should remember to take lactase enzyme pills with me, because tomorrow's boy will surely want to have a piece of Rockefear from tomorrow.