Enzymes of genes?
However, those affected by the food sweats generally need not fear. The cheese sweats in particular are caused by volatile organic compounds in the food (technical, eh!) which are released as your body digests … and, well, they’ve got to find a way out! The severity of the sweats is dictated by a number of factors including how much of the offending cheese you’ve eaten, as well as your inherited genes and even how effective the enzymes in your saliva are at breaking down food. In very rare cases, cheese sweats can be linked to nerve damage in the face or even diabetes, but thankfully this is uncommon.
Did you know this about cheese?
Putting the sweats aside for a moment (now, that’s a sentence I never thought I’d write) whilst we’re on the subject of cheese, you may have come across the claim that as well as being the cause of the sweats, cheese is also more addictive than crack cocaine. Well, whilst that particular statement is probably a little too bold and we have yet to see a Louis Theroux documentary on ‘The Town Addicted to Edam’ hit our screen, there is actually some science behind this claim. Cheese contains substances called casomorphins, which are fragments of protein. These casomorphins can have an opioid effect on the human body over long periods of time which can cause feelings of craving and addiction. There is a disclaimer to this, though – you’d have to consume gigantic quantities of cheese for this particular side-effect to make itself known, so don’t worry. You’re not going to end up addicted to cheese after a fondue or two!
So, are the cheese sweats really a thing? In a word, yes! However, despite the minor unpleasantness some excess cheese-related perspiration can cause, I hope that all you cheese lovers out there will continue to indulge in a touch of Taleggio or a morsel of mozzarella – in my opinion, a good cheese is worth every sweaty bite!
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