10 things to know about cheese

1- Cheese is the most stolen food item in the world.

2- Approximately 2,000 varieties of cheeses exist.

3- Cheese can be addictive, as when digested, it releases opioids. The other opiates you may know about are opium, heroin and morphine.

4- 10 litres of milk. This is what it takes to make 1kg of hard cheese.

5- Some scientists think that eating Roquefort blue cheese on a regular basis extends people’s lifespan.

6- The harder the cheese, the lower the lactose. In fact, hard cheese contains almost none of the natural sugar found in milk, and most cheeses are low in lactose.

7- It exists a type of cheese that never goes bad: Edam cheese. In fact, it only hardens.

8- Queen Victoria was offered a Cheddar cheese wheel that weighed over 1,000 pounds as a wedding present. A regular Cheddar wheel weighs 60-75 pounds

9- A portion of Cheddar can contain more salt than a packet of crisps and cheeses such as Feta and Haloumi can contain more salt than seawater.

10- The holes found in Swiss cheese are caused by carbon dioxide gas bubbles that get produced during fermentation. Therefore, large size holes mean the cheese has fermented longer.