Oreos More Addictive Than Cocaine!

oreoIf you’ve ever had an Oreo cookie, you know that it’s almost impossible to stop. One cookie becomes two. Two becomes three. And then, before you know it, the whole bag is gone. But just how addictive are Oreo cookies really?

Researchers from Connecticut College built a rat maze with two sides. On one side, the rats got rice cakes. On the other, Oreo cookies. The rats were then able to choose which side they wanted to explore, and researchers recorded the amount of time spent on each side. The results were compared to a similar experiment in which the rats were given either injections of saline or cocaine and morphine.

According to the data, the rats spent just as much time with the Oreo cookies as they did with cocaine and morphine. But it doesn’t end there.

Researchers also examined the number of neurons activated in the brain’s “pleasure center” when the cookies were consumed. The rats, in fact, received more pleasure from the Oreo cookies than they received from either cocaine or morphine.

What does it all mean? The study designer speculates that high fat, high sugar foods like Oreo cookies may present an even greater health hazard than drugs because of their affordability, availability and association with obesity.

Of course, research done on rats doesn’t always translate to humans. And the research isn’t to say that Oreo cookies, in particular, are any more addictive than other high fat and high sugar foods. But rather, it’s an important cautionary tale to remember the next time you go grocery shopping.

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  1. I always knew that cookies = crack now there is research to back it up!

  2. Your articles are getting more shallow, and less helpful. Not only do they show you are quickly losing passion for this, but the information you are passing on is downright misleading. Perhaps looking towards your constituents, what are they doing to stay relevant? Not comparing a narcotic to a cookie I’ll bet. Step it up home boy-

  3. Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us from Michael Moss. there is a part about the bliss point on which food industry chemists constantly aim to reach when creating junk food

  4. Ever sucked dick for oreos? DIdn’t think so…

  5. I can stop any time I want…

    …got $3.99 for a package of Oreos? I’m hurtin’ real bad right now. I promise, it’s my last bag.


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