• Question: How much cheese can you eat before you explode

    Asked by I wish for death to Adrian on 16 Nov 2016.
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      Adrian Chu answered on 16 Nov 2016:

      I’ve been thinking of your question very seriously for the past few days! 😛
      I think it’s quite improbable that anyone can explode from eating cheese.

      Cheese is a product of fermentation, where healthy bacteria or yeast converts sugar from milk into acids or gases. That’s why you often see holes when you cut open a blob of cheese! The only reason your body might explode is due to rapid and continuous production of gas from the inside that could not be contained . . . ^^”

      Now I believe that once cheese has been eaten, fermentation (which may produce gases) might not occur in your body because:

      – the conditions are not right because your body will start digesting the cheese with acids and enzymes, or;
      – you don’t have the bacteria or yeast in your body to deal with fermenting cheese as effective as the cheese industry;
      – it would be impossible to eat enough cheese for a significant amount of gas to be produced at an “explosive” rate as a by-product of fermentation INSIDE your body.

      That said, a balanced diet is the key to good health! 🙂