Sounds like a “dog ate homework” excuse, but you may eat too many cookies – not because you’re a fundamentally bad person – but, because you’re addicted to them andmay want to enroll in Cookies Anonymous.
In some ground-breaking research to be present at a Society for Neuroscience conference next month, a Connecticut College study concluded that Oreos are just as addictive as drugs.
Here’s the skinny on the research findings …
The researchers found that when the rats ate Oreos they formed an equally strong “association” with the cookies as when other rats were injected with cocaine or morphine.
Moreover. they found eating the cookies activated even more neurons in the rats’ brain “pleasure centers” than the addictive drugs.
“It may explain why some people can’t resist these foods despite the fact that they know they are bad for them.”
The original objective of the study was to explore how foods with high fat and sugar content contribute to obesity in low-income communities.
On that front, the results are troubling.
“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.”
The researchers also learned something about basic animal instincts when watching the rats eat the Oreos.
“They would break it open and eat the middle first.”
The study was silent as to whether the rats preferred dunking the cookies in milk …