Gaius Plinius Secundus was a Roman scholar, officer and procurator. And on the side: a very special cheese lover. A wonderful piece of cheese was essential after a successful meal – not just due to the taste! He attributed cheese with a literal “closing effect” and even devoted several lines to this finding in his treatises. The origin of this famous quote is assumed to probably be from here. But is it actually correct?
Naturally cheese does not literally close the stomach but it does actually help prevent you from feeling hungry again. The fats and fatty acids in it stimulate the production of hormones for digestion. This delays digestion so the food remains in the stomach for longer, sustaining the feeling of fullness for much longer.