Dr. Robert Messey, a medical doctor and attorney in the Connecticut Medical Malpractice unit at Carter Mario Law Firm, shared this unique medical study in a general staff meeting recently.
A new study has been released indicating that Oreo cookies are as addictive as cocaine and morphine; at least to lab rats.
This is a standard procedure to test and do studies on lab rats before moving on to study humans. In this case, the study showed that Oreo cookies were as addictive as morphine and cocaine. The research showed that high-fat high sugar foods stimulate the brain in the same way as these drugs. The Oreo cookies were chosen for study because they are America's favorite cookie.
In the study, they performed brain scans on the rats after supplying the "drug". The scans showed that the pleasure centers of the brain lit up, indicating that the cells were stimulated by cocaine and morphine. They also found the same pleasure center area lit up after Oreos. In fact, they found that Oreo cookies stimulated more cells in the pleasure centers of the brain; Oreos got a greater response!
The purpose of the study was to evaluate the obesity epidemic in the United States. This shows that there is an addictive quality to the high-fat high sugar foods that are so prevalent in the United States. In many cases, it appears that unfortunately, people can't help themselves because they may be addicted.