Science Says Oreo Cookies are as Addictive as Cocaine

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Maybe science can next tell us the sky is blue or water is wet. Of course Oreo cookies are as addictive as cocaine. Never been a big drug user but would throw crack, smack and heroin in the Oreo category, too. But I suppose it’s beneficial science has actually confirmed that notion.

Here is a snippet of what students and researchers just discovered out of Connecticut College:

In a study designed to shed light on the potential addictiveness of high-fat/ high-sugar foods, Professor Joseph Schroeder and his students found rats formed an equally strong association between the pleasurable effects of eating Oreos and a specific environment as they did between cocaine or morphine and a specific environment. They also found that eating cookies activated more neurons in the brain’s “pleasure center” than exposure to drugs of abuse.

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

They compared the results of the Oreo and rice cake test with results from rats that were given an injection of cocaine or morphine, known addictive substances, on one side of the maze and a shot of saline on the other. Professor Schroeder is licensed by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to purchase and use controlled substances for research.

As long as Oreos aren’t going to be reduced to being sold illegally on the black market for 100x their value by the shadiest people around, they can compare the cookies to the Black Death for all I care.

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