Leave it up to scientists to ignore all the real science in the world and to take up a study about delicious Oreos!
We're kidding of course! The study to see whether or not Oreos are addictive like certain drugs — cocaine, for example — is actually very important in discovering how we as humans are getting hooked on junk food!
It's just that in this study, they were totally using rats instead of humans, probably because the ad they placed for volunteers to do a study on cocaine and Oreos had way too many people show up! Ha!
Apparently the cookies trigger the same neurons in the brain's 'pleasure centre' as coke!
Interestingly enough, that wasn't the only thing they discovered! Rats prefer to eat the cream part of their Oreo first, JUST LIKE PEOPLE!
Part of the experiment had rats in a maze which had two routes to different treats: rice cakes and Oreos (not this kind, probz). The little critters were left to choose which treat they would prefer.
The finding, according to one of the scientists was that:
'Just like humans, rats don’t seem to get much pleasure out of eating rice cakes.'
Oh daaaaamn! Shots fired against the rice cakes industry!!
The test with the Oreos had the same results of the test that was done with cocaine instead of cookies!
The better we understand food addiction, the better we can battle it. According to statistics, one in 200 people suffer from it. We just hope this trial can lead to something that can help those out there with such major food problems!
[Image via AP Images.]
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