It should come as no surprise to anyone that Oreo cookies were found to be as addictive as cocaine in a recent study. Our bodies are wired to like sugary, fatty foods, but it's not a habit that can't be kicked, according to New York City Dr. Timothy Morley, whose work includes helping women use nutrition to regulate hormone health.
The experiment results were compared with previous tests done on rats that were given shots of morphine or cocaine on one side of a maze and shots of saline on the other. The Oreo study showed that the rats eating the Oreos spent as much time on that side of the maze as those given the drugs.
And according to the study, rats, just like many humans, like to eat the creamy filling first. So the next time you get a mad craving to eat an entire bag of Oreos in one sitting, just blame it on your brain chemistry.
[Update, 3:05 p.m., Oct. 16: This post has been updated to include comments from Dr. Timothy Morley, D.O.]
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