Oreos as addictive as morphine: Study

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Oreos are as just as addictive as morphine - and even more pleasurable - according to a new study out of Connecticut College.

Researchers put hungry rats in a maze and gave them two separate tests: a choice between rice cakes and the cream-filled cookies; and a choice between a shot of cocaine or morphine, and a shot of saline.

Then they measured how long the rats hung out in different parts of the maze and found the rodents spent as much time near the cookies as they did near the drug injection spot.

Not only that, exposure to the cookies also activated "significantly more" neurons in the brain's so-called pleasure centre than to the drugs.

"Our research supports the theory that high-fat/ high-sugar foods stimulate the brain in the same way that drugs do," said Prof. Joseph Schroeder, who oversaw the student-led experiments. "It may explain why some people can't resist these foods despite the fact that they know they are bad for them."

Perhaps just as surprising: the rats broke the Oreos apart and ate the middle first.


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