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Study Says Oreo Cookies Are Just As Addictive As Cocaine


Who doesn’t love Oreo cookies? (I know I try to avoid having them in my house because I can’t walk by a bag of them without seeing how many I can shove in my mouth.) Not surprisingly, a new study reveals that Oreos are, in fact, addictive.

And not just ‘kind of’ addictive, the study says they are as addictive as cocaine! (At least in lab rats.)

Connecticut College students and a professor of psychology have found “America’s favorite cookie” is just as addictive as cocaine – at least for lab rats. And just like most humans, rats go for the middle first.

Yes, college students and a professor of neuroscience did a study involving rats on the potential addictiveness of high-fat and high-sugar food. Through their experiments they found that, “Rats formed an equally strong association between the pleasurable effects of eating Oreos and a specific environment as they did between cocaine or morphine and a specific environment. They also found that eating cookies activated more neurons in the brain’s ‘pleasure center’ than exposure to drugs of abuse. ”

It’s a fairly fascinating study that will be presented at the Society for Neuroscience conference next month.

I just read that entire article, and now all I want to do is go eat some Oreos. Just say no brain, just say no!

This is how I know I have a problem.

[Connecticut College]

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