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Oreos Just As Addictive As Cocaine

Posted by on Jan. 4, 2014 at 7:40 PM
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Oreo cookies just as addictive as cocaine in lab rats, study shows

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Neuroscience professor Joseph Schroeder and Lauren Cameron, one of his students, found that eating Oreos activated more neurons in the brain’s “pleasure center” than exposure to drugs like cocaine. (Connecticut College)

Syracuse, N.Y. -- Lab rats find Oreos just as addictive as cocaine and they like to eat the middle of the cookies first, according to a study.

Connecticut College professor Joseph Schroeder and his students found the high-fat, high-sugar cookies stimulate the rats' brains the same way drugs do. "It may explain why some people can't resist these foods despite the fact that they know they are bad for them," Schroeder said in a news release.

The study found rats formed an equally strong association between the pleasurable effects of eating Oreos and a specific environment as they did between cocaine or morphine and a specific environment. They also found that eating cookies activated more neurons in the brain's "pleasure center" than exposure to drugs of abuse.

On one side of a maze, the researchers gave hungry rats Oreos and on the other, they gave them rice cakes.The researchers gave the rats the option of spending time on either side of the maze and measured how long they would spend on the side where they were typically fed Oreos. The rats given Oreos broke the cookies open and ate the middle first.

The results of the Oreo and rice cake test were compared with results from rats that were given an injection of cocaine or morphine on one side of the maze and a shot of saline on the other. The rats conditioned with Oreos spent as much time on the "drug" side of the maze as the rats conditioned with cocaine or morphine.

"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," said student Jamie Honohan, a neuroscience major.

You can contact health writer James T. Mulder at jmulder@syracuse.com or (315) 470-2245. Follow him on Twitter @JamesTMulder.


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ZAGARIPRUSS
by Member on Jan. 4, 2014 at 7:41 PM

OMG REALLY. i HEARD THAT. BUT NOT SURE ON THAT STUDY.

lga1965
by on Jan. 4, 2014 at 7:42 PM

 I haven't taken cocaine so I really don't know for sure, but Double Stuff Oreos are totally ADDICTIVE!   big smile mini I love them !

PinkButterfly66
by Gold Member on Jan. 4, 2014 at 7:43 PM
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I thought it was funny that the rats like to eat the cream filling first!  Nabisco should do a commercial about it (maybe in cartoon form)!

EireLass
by Ruby Member on Jan. 4, 2014 at 7:47 PM
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I just can't get addicted to anything.
canadianmom1974
by Gold Member on Jan. 4, 2014 at 7:49 PM
I don't like Oreos, any store bought cookies really, but homemade chocolate chip, or peanut butter ... let me at 'em!!
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PinkButterfly66
by Gold Member on Jan. 4, 2014 at 7:51 PM

That's ok, more for meeeee!

Quoting canadianmom1974: I don't like Oreos, any store bought cookies really, but homemade chocolate chip, or peanut butter ... let me at 'em!!


Bookwormy
by Platinum Member on Jan. 4, 2014 at 7:51 PM
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Food addiction is especially troublesome because we must eat to survive.
greenie63
by Silver Member on Jan. 4, 2014 at 7:56 PM

Off to open the new pack of double stuffed Oreos. 

LindaClement
by Thatwoman on Jan. 4, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Also known as 'cocaine's not all that addictive' whatever the propaganda might prefer to claim...

LindaClement
by Thatwoman on Jan. 4, 2014 at 8:26 PM

You can have mine, too.

Quoting PinkButterfly66:

That's ok, more for meeeee!

Quoting canadianmom1974: I don't like Oreos, any store bought cookies really, but homemade chocolate chip, or peanut butter ... let me at 'em!!



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