Oreo cookies ‘as addictive as cocaine’ – and lab rats, like humans, eat the middle first


Potent: Lab rats find the sugary snack irresistible
Potent: Lab rats find the sugary snack irresistible      
    By: Rebecca Pocklington/UK Mirror

Oreo cookies are just as addictive and pleasurable as taking cocaine or morphine according to a study by Connecticut College students.

Oreo cookies are just as addictive and pleasurable as taking cocaine or morphine according to a study by Connecticut College students.

Professor Joseph Schroeder and his students tested the theory on lab rats and found that they formed a strong association with the cookies – a reaction similar to rats injected with cocaine or morphine.

They also found that eating the cookies activated more neurons in the brain’s ‘pleasure centre‘ than exposure to drugs.

The study was designed to shed light on the potential addictiveness of high-fat and sugary foods.

“Our research supports the theory that high-fat/high-sugar foods stimulate the brain in the same way that drugs do,” Professor Schroeder said.

“It may explain why some people can’t resist these foods despite the fact that they know they are bad for them.”

The test involved putting rats on either side of a maze, and giving one of them an Oreo and another a plain rice cake.

They would then measure how long each rat chose to spend on a particular side.

The group compared this 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 results showed that rats typically spent the same amount of time on the Oreo side as on the drugs side.

The group also noted that when eating the cookies, the rats broke them apart and ate the centre first, very like humans.

 

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