Researcher students at Connecticut College discovered that Oreo cookies are just as addictive as cocaine — when rats are involved at least.
During a study focused on the potential addictiveness of junk food in low-income neighborhoods, students devised a maze for rats with one end holding an Oreo cookie and another end holding a rice cake. Surprise, surprise — the rats seemed to all gravitate towards the Oreo, breaking it open and eating the middle first like anyone who is remotely cool would do.
Students then compared the results to a similar study they conducted with rats given a a choice of a shot of cocaine or morphine on one end of the maze and a shot of saline on the other end of the maze. Turns out the rats hopped up on Oreos spent just as much time on the “drug” side of the maze as the rats hopped up on cocaine and morphine. Making Oreos the equivalent of hardcore drugs. Scary, I know.
Furthermore, the students discovered that Oreo cookies “activated significantly more neurons than cocaine or morphine.” Basically, Oreos give the brain a better high than cocaine. So, like, that’s good right? Uh, not so much.
“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,” says Neuroscience Senior Jamie Honogan.
In all fairness, though, rice cakes can’t compete with Oreo cookies. Like, nah. And what person doesn’t get super excited and happy all over when they eat into an Oreo cookie? I would be more concerned if they didn’t. But yeah, lay off the junk food, guys.