Oreos and Cocaine: Study Says They’re the Same

Oreos and Cocaine, Study Says They’re the Same

Which do you think is more addictive-Oreos or cocaine? A new study out of Connecticut College says they’re the same in terms of addiction. The study found that Oreos are equal in addictive properties to both cocaine and morphine in a study done with lab rats. In fact, the cookies actually made more pleasure center neurons fire in the brain than did the drugs.

It might not come as a shock to anyone who has opened a box of Oreos only to find it empty a half hour later with little memory of how it happened but with lots of chocolate crumbs all over their shirt and an empty glass of milk on the table. If you’ve ever experienced an Oreo binge, you can most likely relate to this scenario.

As it turns out, it’s not really your fault. Researcher say that the study sheds light on why some people are unable to resist so-called “bad” foods like Oreos, and that their findings may lead to a better understanding of obesity. Joseph Schroeder, a professor at Connecticut College says, “Our research supports the theory that high-fat/ high-sugar foods stimulate the brain in the same way that drugs do. It may explain why some people can’t resist these foods despite the fact that they know they are bad for them.”

What’s more, the researchers say, high fat, high sugar foods might actually be more dangerous for us than illegal drugs because Oreos are extremely inexpensive and can be purchased almost anywhere. “Even though we associate significant health hazards in taking drugs like cocaine and morphine, high-fat/ high-sugar foods may present even more of a danger because of their accessibility and affordability,” said scientist Jamie Honohun.

Now here’s the part of the study results that sounds like a joke, even though it’s not. Researchers have revealed that the little jingle associated with Oreos also applies to the rats. The song goes “Do you know exactly how to eat an Ore? Well, to do it, you unscrew it, very fast. ‘Cause a kid’ll eat the middle of an Oreo first, and save the chocolate cookie outside for last.” Guess what? As unbelievable as it sounds, researchers claim that the rats also ate the insides first.

The scientists who conducted the study say that it will lend credence to looking at obesity as similar to other problems caused by addictive processes. To conduct the study, they observed the rats’ behavior when presented with a maze that had the cookies in one section and plain rice cakes in the other. The rats quickly figured out how to get to the Oreo section and they gathered there. Then, the rats were given cocaine and morphine in one section of the maze and a non-drug solution in the other. The rats spent as much time gathered on the Oreo section of the maze as they did in the section of the maze that featured the addictive drugs. The rats’ behavior also indicated that they did not get as much pleasure from eating the rice cakes as they did from the Oreos.

You may have already guessed it, but now a study confirms that when it comes to Oreos and cocaine, they’re the same in terms of their potential for addiction. Pass the milk!

By: Rebecca Savastio 

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21 Responses to "Oreos and Cocaine: Study Says They’re the Same"

  1. chad   October 18, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    High fat, high sugar foods are more dangerous than illegal drugs? What kind of drugs is this researcher on? So u should give your kids heroin instead of donuts because heroin is low fat and sugar?
    The anti-sugar crusade has now gone nuts. Drugs are better than sugar..

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  2. Physics Police   October 18, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    First of all, this is not a peer-reviewed, published study. The researchers looked at something called “conditioned place preference”. This is not the same thing as addiction, which is characterized by specific cognitive, emotional, and behavioral changes. http://www.asam.org/for-the-public/definition-of-addiction

    Don’t get me wrong. Sometimes food can be addictive. But this study did NOT directly compare Oreos to drugs. It compared Oreos to rice crackers, and drug injections to a saline control. The team never compared Oreos plus saline control to drugs plus rice crackers!

    So, any conclusion about their relative addictive potential is invalid. The outcome would not change replacing Oreos with chocolate chip cookies, or cheese. http://thephysicspolice.blogspot.com/2013/10/rats-oreos-and-drugs.html

    This is dishonest reporting, and should be retracted.

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  3. so this is where where my tax money goes?   October 18, 2013 at 10:36 am

    would an expert please tell me how you can compare oreos to to a drug that that has ravaged the entire country since its inception?

    the addiction level is not even close to it. any former junkie can tell you that. he would probably laugh at the comparison too

    and you need to stop being so snappy every time someone does not agree with you.

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  4. Rebecca Savastio   October 15, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Amazing how so many scientists have taken time out of their schedules to criticize the article. I had no idea experts in rat behavior had so much free time.

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  5. Lois Azohl   October 15, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Of course rats would behave so. Obviously they do not have pinky fingernails or backs of hands sufficient to snort cocaine from so they have no choice but to snort oreo crumbs instead….no news here.

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  6. chad   October 15, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    This study was a waste of money. I LOVE Oreos, can eat half a pack, BUT I walk right by them after looking at them in a grocery store.
    Doesn’t even compare to a true drug addiction.
    Why not do some real studies?

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  7. Titanium Dragon   October 15, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    The study doesn’t actually show what they claimed it showed. This is a clear example of propaganda masquerading as science.

    What the study actually showed is that rats are more likely to spend time on the side of a maze where they receive positive stimuli than on the side where they do not.

    In other words, this is about as shocking as water being wet.

    Any claim of addictiveness is just silly, because the study doesn’t study addiction.

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