6 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Cheese


1. Mice don’t actually like cheese

We don’t mean to be dramatic, but forget everything you’ve ever known. 

A 2006 study found mice prefer sweet and sugary foods over the more savoury snack that is cheese, and they’ll even actively shy away from certain types.

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2. Cheese doesn’t cause nightmares

An old wives’ tale claims you shouldn’t eat cheese before bedtime because, apparently, it will give you nightmares. 

How wrong they are, as cheese contains an amino acid called tryptophan, which promotes sound sleep, and nightmares tend to occur when your sleep is disturbed.

While you might still have suffered bad dreams after eating cheese, it’s probably because of the loads of other food you’ve eaten along with it. Go figure.

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3. There is an Italian bank that takes parmesan cheese as collateral on loans

Known locally as Credem, the regional bank Credito Emiliano, accepts somewhat unusual collateral for small-business loans, ie gigantic wheels of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

Its curious method has been the subject of Harvard Business School’s case study, “Credem: Banking on Cheese.” The case goes on to explain how Credem replaces an expensive part of the operations process for dairy farmers in the Emilia Romagna region of Northern Italy. 

As well as holding the cheese as insurance, Credem stores, and therefore ages, the wheels in vaults for the duration of the loan. The farmers save on operating costs, and the bank gains some expertise about a risky industry. Win win.

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4. Cheese is the number one most shoplifted item in the world

In a survey of the most stolen foods worldwide, cheese comes in at the very top, with an astonishing 4% of the world’s cheese ending up stolen. This is apparently due to its high demand and easy disposability by thieves.

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5. Cheese day is alive and well

January 20th is international cheese lover’s day. And the correct term for those of you who consider yourselves ‘cheese lovers’ is ‘turophile’.

Every day’s a school day.

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6. Cheese is older than the potato 

No kidding… 

Here’s the proof! 

Read: 7 Places Around Town To Fulfil All Your Cheese And Wine Cravings.


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