If you’re like many people, then you might find that you can’t eat just one slice of cheese. That’s because cheese can trigger some of the same receptors in the brain that hard drugs trigger.

A team of scientists set out to discover why some foods are more addictive than others. The Yale Food Addiction Scale was used to determine how dependent a person is to some foods.

Cheese was found to be at the top of the list. Scientists believe that it’s because cheese includes casein. Casein is a product that is found in almost all dairy items. It’s also responsible for triggering the opioid receptors in the brain. These are the receptors that are linked to drug addictions.

Processed foods are also highly addictive, especially those that have a high fat content. Processed foods that contain cheese are even higher on the scale.

There were about 120 students asked to choose a favorite food out of 35 that were available. Fatty foods were a favorite as well as different kinds of cheeses. This could be why it’s so difficult to put down a block of cheese or why so many people tend to grab a few cheese cubes at a time instead of just one.