Study: Oreos as Addictive as Cocaine


oreosA new study by undergraduates at Connecticut College has found that Oreos, and their creamy white filling in particular, are very addictive. So addictive, in fact, that lab rats in their study were just as focused on obtaining Oreos as they were powerful drugs like cocaine and morphine. The study was intended to show how addiction to foods with lots of fat and sugar is a significant part of the obesity epidemic. Read more at the New York Post.

{Andy Newscenter}


  1. “If you give a mouse a cookie, you can spend all day following it around the house while it wants to do a bunch of tedious activities. Or, you can trap it in a box, keep feeding it cookies, and then make the outrageous claim that Oreos are as addictive as cocaine. Students at Connecticut College opted for the second option, and the consequences that ensued were much more annoying than making some arts and crafts with a darn mouse. Fox News reported that a ‘College study finds Oreo cookies are as addictive as drugs,’ Forbes explained ‘Why Your Brain Treats Oreos Like a Drug,’ and a ton of other sites ran with the story as well. Here’s how the experiment, which has not been peer reviewed and has not been presented yet, went down. Mice were placed in a maze, with one end holding an Oreo and the other end holding a rice cake. The mice, without fail, decided to eat the Oreo over the rice cake, proving once and for all that mice like cookies better than tasteless discs with a styrofoamy texture.”