10/16/2013 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)
Connecticut – A new study suggests the behavior of rats toward Oreos is similar to their responses to cocaine and morphine. As reported by The Christian Science Monitor, undergraduate researchers at Connecticut College examined the behavior of rats placed in a maze with the famous cookies on one side and rice cakes on the other. The four person team led by Conn College neuroscience professor Joseph Schroeder measured how much time the rats spent on both sides.
Dr. Schroeder is quoted in the report as stating of the research in a press release, “Just like humans, rats don’t seem to get much pleasure out of eating [rice cakes].”
The researchers further examined the responses of the rats with cocaine or morphine injections on one side and saline injections on the other and found the amount of time spent on the drug side was similar to the time spent on the Oreo side in the different experiments.
Schroeder is further quoted as stating, “Our research supports the theory that high-fat/high-sugar foods stimulate the brain in the same way that drugs do… It may explain why some people can’t resist these foods despite the fact that they know they are bad for them.”
This report is provided by Justice News Flash – Connecticut Health News
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