Oreo Cookies as Addictive as Cocaine?

The answer may surprise you

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With all the concern about our current obesity epidemic and that high fat, high sugar diets may contribute to ADHD symptoms, it’s no surprise that a study reports that “America’s Favorite Cookie” may be as addictive as cocaine.

Dr. Joseph Schroeder, the director of the Behavioral Neuroscience at Connecticut College, studied whether high fat, high sugar foods can be as addictive as morphine or cocaine. He performed his study on rats. Schroder’s research concerned the effects Oreos had on the pleasure centers of the brain.

“We found that the behavior they [rats] exhibited was equally strong for Oreo cookies as it was for cocaine or morphine. 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. Overall, it lent support to the hypothesis that high fat, high sugar foods can be viewed in the same was as drugs of abuse and have addictive potential. It could be used to explain why some people have a problem staying away from foods that they know they shouldn’t eat or that they know are addictive.”

This study, while preliminary, reflects previous research that tells us high fat, high sugar foods can be much more damaging to us than just causing obesity; they can cause brain changes that can be potentially harmful. Watch what you eat!