Study Shows Oreos Addictive as Drugs
You know how one late-night Oreo cookie somehow turns into an empty sleeve of crumbs and self-loathing? (Anyone?) Well, one small study suggests that it's not your fault you sprouted blue fur and turned into the Cookie Monster. It appears those sweet, creamy treats are as addictive as cocaine.
A team at Connecticut College found that lab rats who ate Oreo cookies formed an equally strong association as they did when injected with cocaine or morphine.
“Our research supports the theory that high-fat/ high-sugar foods stimulate the brain in the same way that drugs do,” neuroscience assistant professor Joseph Schroeder who led the study said. “That may be one reason people have trouble staying away from them and it may be contributing to the obesity epidemic.”
The team put hungry rats into a maze, one side leading to Oreos and the other side leading to rice cakes and discovered that rats consistently picked the Oreos over the rice cakes. (This just confirms that rats, like humans, think rice cakes suck.)
The results of the Oreo/rice cake tests were then compared to results from a different test where rats in a maze got to choose between an injection of saline or an injection of cocaine or morphine. They discovered that the rats seemed to like Oreos just as much as they liked the hard drugs.
And just like humans, the rats went straight for the creamy center; researchers noticed that the rodents broke the cookie apart and left the chocolate biscuit for last.
Will this story stop you from eating Oreos?