Great, Oreos Are Just as Addictive as Cocaine

A new study finds that the chocolate cookies attack the same rewards centers as cocaine

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Who knew cookies and milk could be addictive?

Another day, another study confirming that food, especially sugary, fatty food, is like cocaine.

A study from Connecticut College found that rats treated Oreos the same as they did cocaine or morphine. In the study, the rats were put into the maze, with rice cakes on one side and Oreos on the other. "Just like humans, rats don't seem to get much pleasure out of eating [rice cakes]," Joseph Schroeder told TODAY.com.

A similar study placed rats in a maze, where they received an injection of saline on one side, and an injection of cocaine or morphine on the other. In the Oreo study, when wandering freely, the rats congregated on the side with Oreos, waiting around for the same amount of time as they did for drugs in the drug test.

"These findings suggest that high-fat/sugar foods and drugs of abuse trigger brain addictive processes to the same degree and lend support to the hypothesis that maladaptive eating behaviors contributing to obesity can be compared to drug addiction," the study researchers wrote. Which is just to say that humans are all slaves to Oreos and ice cream, and we will never be free.


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