Oreos are addictive, this is the findings of a college study on the cream-filled cookies and their effect on the brain of a lab rat. This study shows the Oreo cookie is just as addictive as drugs, according to Fox News on Oct. 15. While that finding was surprising enough, discovering the lab rats' strategy when eating an Oreo cookie was also surprising.
It appears that the Oreo cookie was just as addictive to lab rats as drugs were, claims this Connecticut College study. The rats formed a strong association with the Oreos as they did with drugs when they were injected with cocaine or morphine.
The Oreos activated more neurons in the pleasure centers of the rats than the addictive drugs did. The findings of this study support the theory that foods that are high in fat and high in sugar stimulate the brain in the same way the addictive drugs do.
This would explain why folks can’t resist these foods even though they are fully informed on how bad they can be for you. It seems it's not all your fault when you eat too many of these cookies, your chemistry is helping you along.
One of the other findings in this Oreo study that you might find surprising. The lab rats would break open the cookie and eat the middle first. Humans just might have more in common with the rodents than they care to admit!