While it may sound like a fun fact this recent discovery is quite worrying, and it may be the key explanation as to why the majority of people can’t eat just one Oreo cookie at a time and are actually suffering from addictions to high-sugar and high-fat foods.
This disturbing result is from an actual study conducted at the Connecticut College which will be presented at the upcoming annual conference of the Society for Neuroscience. The relatively small study involved rats, which were released in a maze, at one of whose exits there were plain rice cookies and on another – Oreo cookies. It is probably no surprise that the majority of times the rats chose the long and winding road to the Oreos. The study used the same maze test but with drugs available at the exits. This one found that rats spent an equal time at both of the exits.
Another more interesting fact, which the study found, was that rats, like most of us, preferred the creamy center part of Oreos. The research also discovered that a c-Fos protein was released to the area of the brain, known to control pleasure and addiction, when Oreos were consumed even more than when the rats had access to the drugs. In some ways, explained the scientists who conducted this research, the combination of high fat and sugar is even harder to resist than recreational addictive drugs. Also, the doctors concluded that probably because of the low prices of these highly addictive foods so many people these days are suffering from food addictions, obesity and other health problems related to a poor diet.