In a laboratory test, a group of students as well as a neuroscience professor found that Oreo cookies can be as addictive as morphine or cocaine to at least the lab rats.
The team was conducting a research on the addictiveness of high-sugar and high-fat foods and how they are likely to contribute to obesity. The professor said that the research supports a theory that high-sugar and high-fat foods alter the brain activity just how drugs do. This discovery may help certain people to learn why some people cannot resist such foods despite of knowing that they are bad for their health.
The group said that they picked Oreo cookies not only because they are America’s favourite cookie and are highly pleasing to taste for rats, but also because the product contains high amount of fat and sugar. They said that such products are especially marketed in people of lower socioeconomic statuses.
The group derived the conclusion on the basis of the fact that the rats showed that the association between pleasurable effects of eating Oreos and a certain environment was as strong as for morphine or cocaine and a specific environment.
An interesting observation of the study was that rats just like humans eat the middle part of Oreo first.
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