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Are Oreos the New Cocaine?


Health & Wellness  (tags: drugs, food, study )

Beverly
- 435 days ago - takepart.com
For rats, the answer is yes, according to a new study.



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Beverly M. (90)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 6:23 pm
What sort of person likes to compare delicious foods to crack? The sort of person who's never done crack, that's who. These fries are like crack. These kale chips are like crack. Um, no. They're not.

But we apparently need to carve out an exception for Oreos. Because according to new research conducted on lab rats at Connecticut College, “America’s favorite cookie” is as addictive as cocaine.

In addition to reacting to the cookies like rats dosed with cocaine did in previous studies, researches observed levels of addictive behavior in the Oreo-eating rodents as those that were hooked on cocaine.

“These findings suggest that high fat/sugar foods and drugs of abuse trigger brain addictive processes to the same degree and lend support to the hypothesis that maladaptive eating behaviors contributing to obesity can be compared to drug addiction,” the research teams writes in a statement.

The study gives credence to admissions made by the only working Oreo addict in entertainment, Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster. In an essay for McSweeny’s, the blue creature opened up about his destructive relationship with cookies. “Me thinks me have serious problem. Me thinks me addicted,” he writes. “But since when it acceptable to call addict monster? It affliction. It disease. It burden. But does it make me monster?”

One can only hope that this new scientific understanding of Oreo addiction will encourage society to be more accepting of those, like Cookie Monster, who have suffered in in the shadows for so long.

 

Dave C. (227)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 6:27 pm
interesting, not surprised.
 

Freya H. (314)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 6:36 pm
Should call 'em Krokoreos! :D
 

Natasha Salgado (579)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 10:11 pm
Interesting...and so much much cheaper. Thx
 

LMj Sunshine (144)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 10:42 pm
Scary...
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (395)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 12:59 am
There's a petition in the article, which I signed.
 

Bee S. (208)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 10:28 am
for Giana: did not find a petition..

SCARY this is. TY, Beverly for sharing
 

Kit B. (276)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 10:35 am

Yep, these cookies are crap but they are also dangerous. Set aside the allergies and sugar addictions, think of the the palm oil additive, and then these and all the prepackaged products have much greater impact on the world. Petition at end of article - signed.
This is probably much easier for me to reject I don't like these cookies or any of the packaged cookies.
 

Kath P. (10)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 10:42 am
I stopped eating Oreos when they stopped making them with a creamy center. Tasted like any other junk cookie to me when that happened. That was MANY years ago. I don't buy any store made cookies any longer but instead make my own when the desire presents itself.
 

Sheri J. (16)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 11:34 am
i like to dunk oreos with milk.
 

Glenn Byrnes (192)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 12:19 pm
At least they aren't harmful like cocaine.
 

Robert O. (12)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 12:23 pm
Too scary. Thanks Beverly.
 

Pogle S. (88)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 12:25 pm
Silly people! Oreos are just another sugar fix and a death warrant for orangutans!

PS Glenn, Oreos are much more harmful than cocaine! It kills precious wildlife! Who gives a flying monkeys F*** about stupid humans?
 

Sandra Patterson (61)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 1:31 pm
Noted,thanks
 

Gabriela Baldaia (103)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 2:56 pm
Noted ! No wonder .....
thank you, Beverly !
 

Kate Kenner (212)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 3:58 pm
Aside from the palm oil thing the question I had was why are they testing them on rats anyway. Rats should not be used in this manner and Oreos have been around for years. Why deal with this now? Let the rats end their testing days and move on to some other stupid test (many of them are stupid really).
 

Karen Chestney (110)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 10:59 pm
Thanks --- good article. Question......Which should we take more seriously ....addiction....obesity....or...Cookie Monster..???
 

Jav R. (0)
Friday October 18, 2013, 6:44 am
Mucha atencion a esto. Gracias por publicar
 

Winn Adams (205)
Friday October 18, 2013, 11:28 am
I know I have no interest in eating these cookies.
 
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