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Hooked on Oreos?

A new study shows that lab rats reacted the same way to yummy chocolate and cream cookies as they did to highly addictive drugs.

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Chris Queen

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October 16, 2013 - 12:00 pm

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Have you ever wondered why you can’t eat just one Oreo? Researchers at Connecticut College did, and their study concluded that Oreos may be as addictive as drugs like morphine or cocaine.

The study by students at Connecticut College found that when the rats ate Oreos they formed an equally strong association with the cookies as when other rats were injected with cocaine or morphine.

Additionally, researchers found eating the cookies activated even more neurons in the rats’ brain “pleasure centers” than the addictive drugs.

The students hope to springboard off this research to help discover why people have difficulty resisting foods that they know are harmful.

“Our research supports the theory that high-fat/ high-sugar foods stimulate the brain in the same way that drugs do,” Neuroscience Professor Joseph Schroeder said in a school press release. “It may explain why some people can’t resist these foods despite the fact that they know they are bad for them.”

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“Even though we associate significant health hazards in taking drugs like cocaine and morphine, high-fat/ high-sugar foods may present even more of a danger because of their accessibility and affordability,” [researcher] Jamie Honohun said.

The researchers were unable to determine if the cookie or the cream were more responsible for the stimulative effects of Oreos, they did learn something fascinating.

On a lighter note, Honohun says they also got a surprise when watching the rats eat the Oreos.

“They would break it open and eat the middle first,” she said.

All Chris Queen wanted to be growing up was a game show host, a weather man, or James Bond. But his writing talent won out. By day, Chris is a somewhat mild-mannered office manager for an IT managed services provider, but by night, he keeps his finger on the pulse of pop culture and writes about it. In addition to his Disney obsession (as evidenced by his posts on this website), Chris's interests include college sports -- especially his beloved Georgia Bulldogs -- and a wide variety of music. A native of Marietta, GA, Chris moved with his family as a child to nearby Covington, GA, where he still makes his home. He is an active charter member of Eastridge Community Church and enjoys spending time with family and friends. In addition to his work at PJ Media, Chris spent nearly a year as a contributor to NewsReal Blog. He has also written for Celebrations Magazine and two newspapers in Metro Atlanta. Check out his website, www.chrisqueen.net.

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Can't wait until there is rehab centers for people who can't control their eating. And we fund it because well ya know it's not their fault and we should help or something. Sweet.
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Whose study? Who funded it? Who reviewed it? Who published it? The answer to all four is obviously "Someone who knows nothing about cocaine and addiction." I suspect an agenda - Another anti-sugar salvo incoming.

ps: The answer to these questions is also "The Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy." So judge accordingly.
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