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Oreos more addictive than Cocaine (1 Viewer)

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Put down that bag of Oreos and pick up that crack pipe. Just kidding -- please, please don't.

But there is evidence that, at least in one respect, Oreo cookies may be more addictive than cocaine.

As the Christian Science Monitor reports, researchers at Connecticut College designed a rat maze with Oreos on one side and rice cakes on the other. The rats spent a lot more time hanging out and eating the Oreos than feeding on the rice cakes.

In a similar test, the researchers also measured which side of the maze rats preferred when on one side they were offered injections of saline and on the other, there were injections of cocaine or morphine. The rats spent just as much time on the cocaine and morphine side of the maze as they did on the Oreo side in the other experiment.

In both experiments, researchers monitored brain activity in the rats, according to a press release on the findings.

They used immunohistochemistry to measure the expression of a protein called c-Fos, a marker of neuronal activation, in the nucleus accumbens, or the brain’s “pleasure center.”
The researchers found that "Oreos activated significantly more neurons" than cocaine.

"This correlated well with our behavioral results and lends support to the hypothesis that high-fat/high-sugar foods are addictive,” Joseph Schroeder, associate professor of psychology at Connecticut College, said.

Keith Humphreys, professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, told The Huffington Post he's skeptical of the study's findings.

"The cornerstone of scientific quality is peer-review," Humphreys said in an email to HuffPost. "This study hasn't been published in a peer-reviewed journal. It has not even been presented at a conference. All I know is that they put a press release making a series of claims based on a study, the details of which they have not shared with their colleagues. On principle, that makes me doubt their conclusions."

Humphreys also said there are limits to comparisons between food and drugs.

"There is no doubt that foods and drugs can produce activity in similar parts of the brain," Humphreys said. "However, addiction is about negative consequences such as overdose and death, and that's not parallel for drugs and food. If a heavy heroin user stops using heroin, he is better off. If a heavy eater stops eating, he dies."
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/17/oreos-more-addictive-than-cocaine_n_4118194.html

So this is the reason for obesity...

 
I had the vanilla ones the other day for the first time in years. Forgot how good they are.

 
"This correlated well with our behavioral results and lends support to the hypothesis that high-fat/high-sugar foods are addictive,” Joseph Schroeder, associate professor of psychology at Connecticut College and stater of the obvious, said.
Fixed.

 
They screwed up the test. They should have had Oreos on one side and cocaine on the other. Cocaine would have won in a landslide.

 
I don't have a cocaine addiction experience to compare it with, but I know firsthand Oreos are highly addictive.

3 days sober here.

 
As the Christian Science Monitor reports, researchers at Connecticut College designed a rat maze with Oreos on one side and rice cakes on the other. The rats spent a lot more time hanging out and eating the Oreos than feeding on the rice cakes.
So if on one side of the maze the rats got fed rice cakes and on the other side they got punched in the nuts, would that mean rice cakes are addictive? :mellow:

 
Sugar is highly addictive, it makes our brain happy but it's so bad for our body. Oreos and the store brand knockoffs are equally addictive.

 
Sugar is highly addictive, it makes our brain happy but it's so bad for our body. Oreos and the store brand knockoffs are equally addictive.
Eating is addictive but sugar, fat are not like drugs, study says


People can become addicted to eating for its own sake but not to consuming specific foods such as those high in sugar or fat, research suggests.

An international team of scientists has found no strong evidence for people being addicted to the chemical substances in certain foods.

The brain does not respond to nutrients in the same way as it does to addictive drugs such as heroin or cocaine, the researchers say.

Instead, people can develop a psychological compulsion to eat, driven by the positive feelings that the brain associates with eating.

This is a behavioral disorder and could be categorized alongside conditions such as gambling addiction, say scientists at the University of Edinburgh.
Journal reference

 
Out of respect for the orginal and the double stuff being grandfathered in, I have never tried the off flavors. No Pumpkin Spice, no Watermelon, no Birthday Cake. Not even the vanilla some have come to love. :gang2:

 
Out of respect for the orginal and the double stuff being grandfathered in, I have never tried the off flavors. No Pumpkin Spice, no Watermelon, no Birthday Cake. Not even the vanilla some have come to love. :gang2:
You are like the Joan of Arc of sandwich cookies.

 
Out of respect for the orginal and the double stuff being grandfathered in, I have never tried the off flavors. No Pumpkin Spice, no Watermelon, no Birthday Cake. Not even the vanilla some have come to love. :gang2:
Thank God these made a short showing around last Christmas. Best cookies ever.

 
Oreos are pretty good. My favorites are the Peanut Butter kind, Uh-oh Oreos with the chocolate filling, and birthday cake oreos. However, with my family and I attempting to eat healthier ( and my wife's gluten allergy, turns out gluten free stuff is actually pretty good), I can't eat very many oreos without feeling sick. I used to polish off a sleeve at a sitting, now I'm just eating about 3 before the taste just starts to go bad.

 

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