Oreos addictive? According to a new study by students at Connecticut College, lab rats showed just as much addiction to Oreo cookies as cocaine and morphine. According to a report by FOX News Oct. 14, researchers learned that Oreos are addictive for rats because they activated "pleasure centers" in the brain during the study. So much, in fact, that they claim the cookies are more addictive than other powerful drugs.
Neuroscience Professor Joseph Schroeder said this in the college press release:
“Our research supports the theory that high-fat/ high-sugar foods stimulate the brain in the same way that drugs do. It may explain why some people can’t resist these foods despite the fact that they know they are bad for them.”
Student, Jamie Honohun, was led the study on whether Oreos are addictive. She wanted to "explore how foods with high fat and sugar content contribute to obesity in low-income communities." She said the results are alarming.
“Even though we associate significant health hazards in taking drugs like cocaine and morphine, high-fat/ high-sugar foods may present even more of a danger because of their accessibility and affordability,” Honohun said.
Honohun noted another interesting observation in the study.
“They would break it open and eat the middle first,” she said.
Are Oreos addictive? Several studies on sugar content and its impact on human beings have been measured. Is this Oreos cookies study conclusive evidence that the delicious food is just as addicting as cocaine or morphine?