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30 Things You Didn't Know About Cheese

Cheese is one of those foods that everyone likes. Even vegans, who don’t eat any animal products, have created fake cheese with a similar taste and texture in order to have their own version of the savory and smelly snack. The history of cheese is long and storied, with a lot of gross stuff culminating in one of the tastiest treats ever created. Even if you’re one of the few people who don’t enjoy a little wine and cheese every now and then, there’s a good chance that you’ve eaten something with cheese in the last 24 hours (pizza, a cheeseburger, some Kraft Singles that were sitting in your fridge?). If you’ve been looking for a way to delve further into your love of cheese, but haven’t been sure where to start, check out these deliciously decadent facts about cheese.

Like most archaic forms of culinary delights, cheesemaking is full of a bunch of weird sounding nonsense that somehow worked out in everyone’s favor. Who knew that letting some milk ferment in a sheep’s bladder would make a food that pretty much everyone puts on everything? The cheesemaking information on this list will change your life, or at least make you look like a real cheese head at the next dinner party you attend. Get out a pen and paper and start copying down these amazing cheese facts.

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  • There Was a Real Cheese Cartel

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    If you have ever been sitting at a dinner party, dipping tiny squares of bread and veggies into a giant vat of melted cheese, you've probably also thought "why is fondue even a thing?" Well, you can thank the Swiss Cheese Cartel, which promoted the cheese tradition to bolster the Swiss economy.
  • Cheese Is as Addictive as Crack

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    According to a 2015 study, cheese affects the same part of your brain as drugs, chocolate, and sex. Cheese contains an ingredient called casein, a protein found in all milk products. It's only a matter of time before cheese mongers are out on the corner slingin' Kraft Singles.
  • Cheese Comes in a Wheel Because It's Meant to Be Rolled

    Cheese wheels were made for practical reasons, mostly for transport. It turns out that some cheeses weigh in at more than 1,000 pounds and it's easier to roll the cheese around than break your back carrying it.
  • Cheese Is Good for Your Teeth

    As improbable as it may seem, cheese is good for your teeth because it creates saliva. As an added bonus, the minerals in cheese put calcium back into your teeth that they might have lost while eating a other foods.