Are Oreos addictive? Apparently they are! In a recent study researchers found Oreo cookies to be just as addictive as cocaine. The researchers from Connecticut College discovered that lab rats developed an equal dependency on Oreos as they did when they were injected with cocaine.
In the study the researchers placed the rats in a maze with for two experiments. The first maze had rice cakes on one side and Oreos on the other side, and then they measured the amount of time the rats spent on each side. Of course the rats stayed on the side of the Oreos longer and surprisingly the rats ate the inside of the Oreo cookie first, just like people!
In the second maze, the researchers injected the rats with cocaine or morphine on one side of the maze, and then with saline on the other side of the maze. And of course the rats decided to stay on the side where they felt the best, with the cocaine and morphine.
When the researchers saw the correlation in the time spent on the side of the Oreo cookies was the same as the time spent on the side of the cocaine, they determined that Oreos are addictive, as addictive as cocaine.
So what does this prove beyond the fact that Oreos are addictive? It proves that foods with high fat and sugar are in fact addictive. Joseph Schroeder, associate professor of psychology and director of the behavioral neuroscience program stated: “Our research supports the theory that high-fat/ high-sugar foods stimulate the brain in the same way that drugs do,” He went on to say, “It may explain why some people can’t resist these foods despite the fact that they know they are bad for them.”