Living on Cheese

I have heard many people say that they could live on cheese alone, or they can eat a “ton” of cheese. Even more often, I hear people say that they love cheese. My quick reply to that one is “Cheese loves you!” All these phrases are accurate, except the one about being able to eat a ton of cheese. I probably passed that milestone many years ago but I believe people are suggesting that they could eat a ton (as in several pounds) in one setting.

Not likely. Even one pound in one setting would be difficult. I consume about two pounds each week (which is about three times our national average). I could eat a little more but I am sated with that amount. This is a quality of fine cheeses; they have that “satiety factor.” Being the near-complete food that it is, your body will recognize that it has had enough cheese long before you consume a ton of it. Yet people that say they could eat a ton of cheese seem to suggest that they can do it and not feel guilty about it. The only guilt that I can think of here might be the gluttony matter, or that you are not leaving enough for all the rest of us.

I can think of a number of occasions when I tasted well over one hundred cheeses in a single day. However that was tasting them, not devouring them. When I taste cheeses as a professional, I usually require at least half an ounce of each. That comes to a little over 3 pounds in a day. That would bring me up to about a half a ton in a year.

As much as I love cheese I don’t see that happening. As to living on cheese alone, that is almost possible. Cheese does contain all the nutrients we require except for vitamin C and fiber. Cheese also lacks enough water so you have to have some water to go with your all-cheese diet. Another thing that cheese lacks is sufficient calories. You will reach that “I’m good” point in your cheese consumption long before you have had enough calories.

Spread the curd!
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