Not Surprisingly, Oreos Are Actually As Addictive As Cocaine

I guess this really shouldn’t be surprising, but according to a study at Connecticut College, Oreos are as addictive as cocaine. I guess now I sort of have an excuse for the occasional night spent going through an entire box of them in front of Netflix on my couch.

Jamie Honohan, a neuroscience senior at the college, created the study to research the effects of high-fat and high-sugar foods in neighborhoods with low socioeconomic statuses. In the study, hungry rats were put through a maze in with an Oreo on one side and a rice cake on the other side. Rats preferred the Oreo (shocking, I know), and even tended to eat the cream filling first like (most, I would presume) humans do.

The students compared this to a similar study that also placed rats in a maze, with a shot of morphine or cocaine and one side and saline on the other side. Rats in the Oreo experiment spent just as much time on the Oreo side of the maze as the rats in the other study spent on the cocaine/morphine side.

The study also concluded that America’s Favorite Cookie actually activated more neurons in the brain than morphine or cocaine, which to me is the most striking part of this. Something tells me I’ll be spending the rest of the day craving Oreos. [GawkerConnecticut College News]