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A study at Connecticut college focused on the possible correlation of "America's Favorite Cookie", Oreos, being just as addicitve as drugs of abuse.

Joseph Schroeder, the director of the Behavioral Neuroscience Program at Connecticut College, says "we looked at the pleasure center of the brain in the rats, and we found that Oreo Cookies activated the pleasure center more so than cocaine would activate the same center."

Jessica Morath, the Nutrition Services Manager for the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank says, "a lot of research points to the high sugar and high fat content in the food because those create feelings of calmness that are pleasant and many of us experience this."

The results of the "Oreo" study showed that the effects on the brain that the rats displayed was equally as strong for Oreo Cookies as it was for cocaine or morphine.

Schroeder ended this study by saying, "it could be used to explain why some people have a problem staying away from food that they know they shouldn't eat or that they know are addictive."

"The more we eat, we crave more of them which is similar to drug and alcohol addictions.  The more you do it the more of a craving you have to continue doing that," said Morath. 

Foods with high fat and high sugar are known to be addictive, but Morath says,"instead of eating the entire bag of Oreo Cookies, maybe you should just eat one sleeve."

Taylor Barnes, Newschannel 6

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