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'America's Favorite Cookie' as addictive as cocaine

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NEW LONDON, CT -

The Oreo is as addictive as cocaine, according to a study out of Connecticut College.

Researchers put Oreos on one side of a maze and rice cakes on the other. Rats placed in the middle of the maze almost always chose the Oreos.

Like most of us, they liked the creamy center more than the two chocolate cookies.

That experiment mirrors one that used cocaine and saline instead of Oreos and rice cakes. The researchers say this shows high-fat and high-sugar foods like Oreos stimulate the brain the same way drugs do.

"It really just speaks to the effects that high fat and high sugar foods and foods in general, can have on your body. The way they react in your brain, that was really surprising for me," says Lauren Cameron, a student at Connecticut College who worked on the study. 

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