Oreos - Can't get enough?

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  1. a2z

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    Did you know there was a study done that showed that Oreos are as addicting as cocaine or heroine?

    A study was done on lab rats and it showed that Oreos activate the same pleasure centers in the brain as certain drugs. They become addictive. Well it is high fat and high sugar cookies, but they used Oreos. I can believe the study though! LOL
     
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    Yes, I'd read this last week. I am addicted to certain foods (truly), so this is not terribly surprising.
     
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    I can avoid Oreos, but if I have just one I'm having the bag! LOL
     
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    I heard about this. Sugar is really just awful for you. I've been trying to cut down, but it's hard. There's so much sugar in everything!
     
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    We had a discussion about this in my class last week; the students were really interested in the results.

    I tend to agree with the findings about sugar (and fat) being addictive; it's time for me to cut it out of my diet again as I have a very hard time with "just a little".
     
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    I wanted to try those new coconut Oreos but I'm afraid to buy the whole bag because I would eat the whole thing!! I wish they came in the little packages! I can not be trusted with a big bag of them in house!!
     
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    Don't they say "once you pop you just can't stop?" Or is that poptarts?... :rolleyes:
     
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    That's Pringles!
     
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    So weird, I HATE Oreos.
     
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    :agreed::yeahthat:
     
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    Fried oreos are amazing

    otherwise I won't have them.

    I'll only risk the HFCS pain for fried oreos
     
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    Give me a glass of milk & I'll take double stuff please! :)

    You know the funny thing is my neighbor had 2 different foreign exchange students one from Germany & one from South Africa & they both wanted to try Oreos!!!! So of course we went to the store to get them some....it wouldn't have been very nice to neglect them!!! LOL!!!
     
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    They have Oreos in other countries, but they don't taste the same as the Oreos we have here. The ones here are much sweeter. I guess foreign taste buds are much more sensitive to sweet stuff than we Americans.

    Fun facts about Oreos:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/06/oreo-101-birthday_n_2820299.html
     
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    I don't think the point is really Oreos specifically, just all of the sugar and other junk they contain.

    Another fun fact: Oreos are actually a ripoff of Hydrox cookies. They became more popular and now Hydrox has the reputation of being the knockoff. Nope!
     
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    Yep. It is the high fat and high sugar content that the research said was the addictive properties.

    I used to eat Hydrox cookies, but the vanilla ones.
     
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    Love this quote from the Globe and Mail

     
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    http://www.conncoll.edu/news/news-a...ictive-as-drugs-in-lab-rats-.htm#.UmBWrRDaKLe

    Hopefully the above link works.

    Neuroscience major and Science Leader Lauren Cameron ’14 was awarded a Keck Grant, which provides summer research stipends in the sciences to qualified students, to work with Schroeder to continue the research over the summer. They used immunohistochemistry to measure the expression of a protein called c-Fos, a marker of neuronal activation, in the nucleus accumbens, or the brain’s “pleasure center.”

    “It basically tells us how many cells were turned on in a specific region of the brain in response to the drugs or Oreos,” said Schroeder.

    They found that the Oreos activated significantly more neurons than cocaine or morphine.

    So, yes, they preferred Oreos to rice cakes and drugs to saline, but the reaction their brain produced showed more pleasure receptors being activated by Oreos than drugs. It would be interesting to see if given the choice between drugs or Oreos which ones they would choose.

    They also noted in the article that they tried to get at the filling first. A rodent after my own heart!
     
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    I would prefer an oreo over a rice cake too!!!

    Caesar...I know they're in other countries, but this was like 20 yrs ago & they had to describe what it looked like because they didn't know name of it & never had one!!! Pure delight was their expression!!!!
     
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    This is what my students wondered.
     

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