Hide the Oreos

You’ve probably heard that Joseph Schroeder, a professor at Connecticut College, and his students did a research project that indicated that rats find Oreos just as addictive as cocaine because the cookies stimulate the brain in the same way that some drugs do.

I read about the experiment in Valerie Strauss’ Washington Post blog, and I also read a comment from a reader who said that the study was “not a peer-reviewed, published study.”

I’m not competent to judge the merits of the study, but I have eaten one Oreo—and then another and another and another. In fact, for me, anything chocolate can lead to addictive behavior.
The next time I’m tempted to eat just one Oreo, I’m going to remember those fat rats.
–Joy

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