Caerphilly does it: Can cheese cause nightmares?

 作者:诸葛菀扮     |      日期:2019-02-28 10:02:01
By Andy Extance HOW do you deal with a perilous cheese? Caerphilly. It’s a cheesy joke to be sure, but does it contain a morsel of truth? Charles Dickens certainly thought food and fear were connected. When Ebenezer Scrooge is confronted with the ghost of his late partner Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol, he at first assumes it is a night terror brought on by eating a “crumb of cheese”. Whether or not Dickens’s tale played a part, the idea that eating cheese causes scary, possibly nightmarish, dreams is an enduring urban myth. It crops up in several nations – flick through French health magazines, for instance, and you will find stories linking cauchemars with fromage. But is there anything in it? Finding evidence or explanations for how cheese might influence the subconscious can feel like ghost-hunting – the few experiments so far have been woefully unscientific. Disentangling the effects of a single foodstuff on our constitutions is as hard as a stale parmesan rind, especially with a substance as complex as cheese. Cheese is a bewildering mixture of compounds that can interact with our bodies in myriad ways. So what do you use for a control in any experiment? Nothing, or perhaps some other food that lacks the key physiological properties of cheese – whatever they might be? Then there’s the slippery nature of dreams. How can we control for all the other factors that might disturb a good night’s shut-eye? And can we trust experimental subjects to accurately remember their dreams? These problems would grate on any researcher’s nerves. Undaunted, the British Cheese Board – no,