Oreo Cookies As Addictive As Cocaine

A study discovered that for rats, Oreos may be as addictive as cocaine or morphine.

Research supports that high-fat, high-sugar foods stimulate the brain in the same way that drugs do. It may explain why some people cannot resist these foods despite the fact they are bad for them and contributing to the obesity epidemic.

The study shows that for rats, the association between the pleasurable effects of eating Oreos and a specific environment were as strong as for cocaine or morphine and a specific environment.

Researchers also found that Oreos stimulated many more neurons than cocaine or morphine. This is in line with the findings of the earlier behavioral experiments and supports the idea that the high-fat, high-sugar foods are addictive.

Finally, one interesting observation: it seems that just like humans, rats eat the middle of the Oreo first.

Resource: Medical News Today 

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