A shocking new study was released by Connecticut College. The researchers make the bold claim that Oreos are as addictive as cocaine and heroin in laboratory animals.
Joseph Schroeder, a psychology professor at Connecticut College said hat rats who ate the cookies and rats who were exposed to cocaine, morphine or heroin had the identical pleasure center stimulated in their brains.
“When we looked in the pleasure center of the brain, we found that the Oreo cookies activated the pleasure center more so than cocaine would activate the same center,” the professor said.
Our research supports the theory that high-fat/high-sugar foods stimulate the brain in the same way that drugs do. It may explain why some people can’t resist these foods despite the fact that they know they are bad for them…
Neuroscience major Jamie Honohan added, “My research interests stemmed from a curiosity for studying human behavior and our motivations when it comes to food. We chose Oreos not only because they are America’s favorite cookie, and highly palatable to rats, but also because products containing high amounts of fat and sugar are heavily marketed in communities with lower socioeconomic statuses.”
“Even though we associate significant health hazards in taking drugs like cocaine and morphine,” she continued, “high-fat/ high-sugar foods may present even more of a danger because of their accessibility and affordability.”
According to professor Schroeder, a neuroscientist, “some people can’t resist these foods.”
But ZME Science disputes the comparison, noting that the withdraw symptoms are nothing like one another. Indeed, this does highlight the difference between physiological addiction and psychological addiction. While the Oreo study is compelling, it seems to ignore this distinction in types of addition by making this comparison.
(Article by Shante Wooten)
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