If you’ve ever eaten an Oreo cookie, you already know that its hard to eat just one… or two… or three… They just taste too darn good! Recent research also indicates that it may not even be entirely your fault. Thanks to Oreos high-fat and -sugar content, these little cookies are down right addictive – well, to rats at least and possibly you as well.
According to a group of students and their Professor at Connecticut College, Oreos may be just as addicting as cocaine or morphine! That’s right – Oreos may be our most readily available and legal drug out on the market!
According to Professor Joseph Schroeder and his team, the Oreos apparently stimulated more neurons in the rats brains than cocaine or morphine did. Which isn’t all that surprising since other studies have also shown that food addiction and substance dependence result in similar brain activities.
This isn’t the first time either that high-fat, high-sugar foods have gone under scrutiny for their addictive qualities. In fact, this is a big conversation and heated topic happening right now. Food companies are under scrutiny for making America fat by providing them with our new drug of choice – high fat, high sugar, and high sodium foods that are cheap, readily available, and easily consumed in massive quantities.
So if we’re addicted to our food, is there much hope for us? Are we doomed to continually eat foods that we know aren’t the best for us? No. We’re not doomed, but our food decisions need to be even more intentional. For some of us, it may mean we face a challenge every single day. For others, it may mean that we have be more diligent about the foods we bring home.
To break the cycle, you may need to go completely cold turkey from those foods you find yourself unable to give up. It may also mean you need to rethink how you eat. Keep an open mind and focus on more whole, real foods. Vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and lean proteins. How often do these food groups appear in your daily meal plan? Incorporate whole foods into your meals consistently everyday, eat every 3-4 hours, and try to listen to your hunger cues. Also, let go of the guilt. If some of these sweet treats truly are addicting, its no wonder we over do it sometimes. Don’t let that one experience ruin the rest of your day. Let it go. Move on. Start over. Eat fresh.
Do you think foods like Oreos are addicting? Share your thoughts in the comments!