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A History of Cheese

At Partake's cheese counter, we emphasize cheese's historical significance, showcasing its rich origins and cultural value. With evidence dating back thousands of years, cheese has played a vital role in societies worldwide. Scientifically, cheese offers benefits such as hormone synthesis, sun protection, and insulin production. Incorporating cheese into your diet can promote longevity, well-being, and contentment. Enjoy your cheese and appreciate the proteins that improve your day.

Cheesemaking as a culinary craft reached its peak during the Roman period. While expanding their empire, Romans discovered local cheese traditions and popularized them. Many common cheeses today, like Brie, are named after their place of origin, such as the renowned Brie region in France.

The art of cheesemaking thrives globally despite obstacles like the misconception that all germs are harmful. Cheesemakers adapt to regulations, though some countries produce cheeses banned in the US. Despite challenges, over 2,000 cheesemaking facilities operate in the US. In 2019, the commendable Rogue River Blue by Rogue Creamery in Southern Oregon became the 'Best Cheese in the World'.

So why is cheese so delicious and even a bit addicting?

TYROSINE

Tyrosine, a Greek-derived amino acid, is crucial for protein production and well-being. Our bodies cannot produce Tyrosine, so it must be obtained through diet.

Cheese is rich in an essential component, casein. Our bodies metabolize casein proteins and assimilate tyrosine into our bloodstream, potentially contributing to happiness. 

CASOMORPHIN

When our bodies break down Casein, a naturally occurring opioid called Casomorphin is produced, belonging to the same family as morphine and heroin. So, when people jokingly call cheese their drug of choice, there is some truth to it.

Tyrosine and Casomorphin are connected to happiness. The brain's olfactory bulb contains tyrosine hydroxylase, which interacts with amino acids to produce neurotransmitters like adrenaline, norepinephrine, and dopamine. These neurotransmitters are essential for mental and physical well-being, combating depression, managing stress, improving concentration, and promoting happiness.

Cheese's cultural value is backed by scientific evidence; it contains tyrosine, which assists with hormone synthesis for conditions like Parkinson's, protects against sun damage, and aids insulin production. Studies confirm that adding cheese can enhance longevity, well-being, and contentment. The rationale behind these claims is clear.

So go forth and enjoy your cheese, and think happily about the proteins doing their job to help make your day a little bit better. 

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