The term “junk food junkie” may be taken more seriously now that a study found Oreo cookies to be as addictive as Cocaine, reported Yahoo! today. Students and professors at Connecticut College in New London wanted to take a closer look at how high-fat, high-sugar foods added to the obesity epidemic in lower-income areas; which consequently led them to this study and their interesting Oreo addiction finding.
Oreos seem to fit the bill when looking for the perfect high-fat, high-sugar foods for an addiction study. Not only are cookies considered to be one of the most addictive foods, but one Oreo is generally considered to be around three cookies.
According to this study, cookies were found to be as addictive as cocaine and morphine in lab rats. Joseph Schroeder, associate professor of Neuroscience at Connecticut College said, "Our research supports the theory that high-fat/high-sugar foods stimulate the brain in the same way that drugs do.”
The study entailed having rats run through a maze where at the end were offered Oreos on one side and rice cakes on the other. Another test group was given an injection of cocaine or morphine on one side, and a shot of saline on the other. The results presented themselves as the following: the rats spent just as much time on the Oreo side as the other mice did on the cocaine side.