Expert: cheese makes us fat, sick, and even addictive

Is the statement that cheese makes you fat and sick, right?

The American Professor of medicine Neal Barnard says: “cheese makes you fat and addicted to” and writes in his book “Out of the cheese case,” it is only through the renunciation of cheese and other dairy products could lose weight – 500 grams per month. However, this statement is actually correct? Dr. Utz Anhalt is pursuing the question in this article.

Why should cheese make you fat?

Cheese have a very high energy density, very many calories, and in turn a lot of fat calories, Barnard. These fat calories in the body as fat deposits.

Professor Barnard that cheese makes you sick, fat and addicted. Low-fat cheese, such as this piece of cheese is low in calories and even to recommend as a diet. (Picture: PhotoSG/

Saturated Fatty Acids

High-fat cheese contains a high degree of saturated fatty acids, the more so, the more fat it contains. These include the level of harmful cholesterol in the blood circulatory diseases increase and promoted. A cut of cheese with a full fat content, have fat around 400 calories per 100 grams and about 30 %. This corresponds to chocolate.

Often in combination with other calorie bombs

The calories explode when fat cheese is combined with other calorie-rich foods. This is especially true for fast food: Cheeseburger, Pizza Salami, double cheese or breaded Pork cordon Bleu.

Energy Package Milk

Milk, as a base for cheese, bolts of Energy, and with good reason. It contains concentrated nutrients, the need of young animals for growth.

High Salt Content

Cheese also contains often a lot of salt that is added during manufacture. Recommended maximum of four grams of salt a day, and in combination with other foods is exceeded in the case of cheese this limit very quickly – for example, if you are eating for Breakfast, a pretzel with Gorganonzala and a salted Egg.

What is it that warns Barnard?

Barnard warns of the hormones in the milk, milk proteins and arachidonic acid. By this, the risk of allergies, Arthritis and even a higher risk of cancer would be the cheese consumption.

Danger or fear-mongering?

In the case of hormones, the Federal Institute for risk assessment says that at a quarter of a liter of milk per day (and a comparable amount in dairy products) is probably not a relevant risk to health, and hormones would be absorbed from food.

Milk proteins and allergies

Milk proteins may aggravate existing allergies, so Barnard. Cheese waiver could alleviate these allergies. Reliable studies for his statement. The postulated “cheese and risk” would apply, if at all, anyway just for people with allergies. Evidence of a General risk of cheese it is not.

Milk and Arthritis

Milk contains arachidonic acid, whose content increases with the fat content. This fatty acid is considered “fuel” for inflammation and promotes existing Arthritis. People suffering from it should, therefore, not the fat rich milk products. But this is nothing New.

Cheese addiction?

According to Barnard cheese to make it addictive. Trigger Casomorphine in cheese or in milk, with the result that the brain dopamine release. Alone the expectation that something Beautiful happens, in the brain and also dopamine and a dopamine deficiency leads to exhaustion and can trigger Depression.

Cheese and dopamine kick is a Problem?

Barnard’s logic, the Casomorphine could increase the need for cheese, so that the “Angefixten” would be fixated on Pizza double cheese, Tortellini in cheese-cream sauce. Cheese leads to a kind of drug dependence with the consequence: Addiction and Obesity?

What legitimate authorities say?

The European food safety authority denied the Casomorphin-Junkie effect. According to the analysis of scientific studies, you came to the conclusion that the Casomorphine not survive the digestive process. They are neither in the blood nor in the brain, and thus there are no signals that arouse in the Affected Desire.

Calories are calories are calories

Whether people grow or lose weight, depending on weight, gender, and the size calculated very precisely: those Who take more calories than he consumes. Anyone who takes in fewer calories than he consumed. With a weight of 80 kg for 1,80 m size I had full so in full-fat cheese with 400 calories per 100 grams, and a pound of cheese my calories dose almost.

Cheese does not equal cheese

Barnard’s General warning before the cheese is at least wrong, if including lean cheese that is made from Quark. Cheese in the lean stage contains less than ten percent fat, Harzer cheese is as good as no fat, but Protein and is ideal as a food to reduce weight. In addition, cheese is an important supplier of calcium, and people with calcium deficiency have problems with the bones and teeth, first symptoms of muscular cramps and nervous disorders. Anyone who follows Barnard and milk products, should urgently take other calcium-containing foods: Green beans, soy milk, nuts, or leafy vegetables.

New Findings?

So what’s the hold of Barnard’s warning, cheese make fat, addictive, promote allergies and diseases? That high-calorie food like high fat cheese lead to Obesity, if the Affected consume more calories than you consume, is, of course, and no new knowledge.

Cheese promotes allergies and diseases?

Damage to the of the Barnard-mentioned hormones and milk proteins to health? Evidence there is not. The above-mentioned fatty acids actually encourage inflammation in patients at risk, and already Sick. This is why it is recommended for a long time, on fat-rich milk to dispense products – but not low-fat.


A General health hazard due to cheese, such as Barnard postulated, from the mentioned points are not derived. Rather, it looks as if just driven a new Dairy cow through nutrition counselor.(Dr. Utz Anhalt)