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"Hi, my name is Ashley Vactor and I am an Oreoholic."
No, but seriously. Whenever people ask me to describe myself, I usually always make it a point to say I am an Oreo-lover or that I am Oreo-obsessed. If I have a box of Oreos within reach, you better believe I will eat that box of Oreos in its entirety.
I used to think it was because I have zero willpower. It even got to the point where I would only allow myself to buy a sleeve of them, so I would be limited to those 10 cookies. There is just something about those chocolate, cream-filled little pieces of heaven that I simply cannot resist. "Just one more cookie," I often tell myself as I'm already grabbing the next one.
But why? Why am I so in love with America's Favorite Cookie? (I mean, honestly, with a slogan like that -- how could you resist?)
Turns out, there are so many people like me that Connecticut College decided to do a study just to answer that question.
Hold onto your cookies, everybody -- Oreos in almost the exact same way drugs do. Kind of crazy, right?
The experiment tracked rats’ behaviors while going through a maze. On one side of the maze there were Oreos. On the other side of the maze, rice cakes. In a second test group, one side of the maze provided cocaine or morphine, and the other provided saline. Of course, the rats migrated to the Oreos/drug side way more than the healthy side. Why? Oreos and drugs are more stimulating to the parts of the brain than rice crackers -- duh. Actually, researchers found that Oreos activated more cells than the drugs. And Oreos aren’t alone. Most high-fat/high-sugar foods cause the same cranial activity.
While I am not going to stop eating Oreos anytime soon, it does raise some interesting questions. Should there be a cap on fat and sugar content allowed in food? Why are companies allowed to do this to us? Is there a Cookies Anonymous that I can join?