Welcome Brandon! Crazy new-age tree-huggers, huh? That's me!
I think many veggies find it more difficult to give up dairy than meat. So many of our traditional 'comfort' foods are based on dairy, plus it's everywhere! Also, cheese has addictive properties that make giving it up even harder.
http://www.vegsource.com/articles2/barn ... uction.htm
Well, in 1981, Eli Hazum and his colleagues at Wellcome Research Laboratories in Research Triangle Park, N.C., reported a remarkable discovery. Analyzing samples of cow's milk, they found traces of a chemical that looked very much like morphine. They put it to one chemical test after another. And, finally, they arrived at the conclusion that, in fact, it is morphine.
But that was only the beginning, as other researchers soon found. Cow's milk-or the milk of any other species, for that matter-contains a protein, called casein, that breaks apart during digestion to release a whole host of opiates, called casomorphins. A cup of cow's milk contains about six grams of casein. Skim milk contains a bit more, and casein is concentrated in the production of cheese.
If you examined a casein molecule under a powerful microscope, it would look like a long chain of beads (the "beads" are amino acids-simple building blocks that combine to make up all the proteins in your body). When you drink a glass of milk or eat a slice of cheese, stomach acid and intestinal bacteria snip the casein molecular chains into casomorphins of various lengths. One of them, a short string made up of just five amino acids, has about one-tenth the pain-killing potency of morphine.
Amazing, huh? It's a very interesting article & a property of cheese that I don't think many people are aware of.
BTW, I too would like to know more about what kind of programming you do. I'm pretty new at it -- 4 years -- but work with software engineers who have been coding since the 80's. Of course, there are some issues with that too!