Are Oreos the New Cocaine?

For rats, the answer is yes, according to a new study.

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Oct 16, 2013· 0 MIN READ
Willy Blackmore is TakePart’s Food editor.

What sort of person likes to compare delicious foods to crack? The sort of person who's never done crack, that's who. These fries are like crack. These kale chips are like crack. Um, no. They're not.

But we apparently need to carve out an exception for Oreos. Because according to new research conducted on lab rats at Connecticut College, “America’s favorite cookie” is as addictive as cocaine.

In addition to reacting to the cookies like rats dosed with cocaine did in previous studies, the Oreo-eating rodents were observed exhibiting levels of addictive behavior similar to those that were hooked on cocaine.

“These findings suggest that high fat/sugar foods and drugs of abuse trigger brain addictive processes to the same degree and lend support to the hypothesis that maladaptive eating behaviors contributing to obesity can be compared to drug addiction,” the research teams writes in a statement.

The study gives credence to admissions made by the only working Oreo addict in entertainment, Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster. In an essay for McSweeny’s, the blue creature opened up about his destructive relationship with cookies. “Me thinks me have serious problem. Me thinks me addicted,” he writes. “But since when it acceptable to call addict monster? It affliction. It disease. It burden. But does it make me monster?”

One can only hope that this new scientific understanding of Oreo addiction will encourage society to be more accepting of those, like Cookie Monster, who have suffered in in the shadows for so long.