How to Kick Your Oreo Addiction

By Keith Kloor | October 29, 2013 11:31 pm

As I was plowing through my secret stash of Oreos today, I remembered this news from earlier in the month:

Connecticut College students and a professor of psychology have found “America’s favorite cookie” is just as addictive as cocaine – at least for lab rats. And just like most humans, rats go for the middle first.

While this is still preliminary research, I will tell you that I have sampled a certain faux Oreo and have not clawed the bag open with the same junkie-like behavior.

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  • Steve Crook

    I tried Oreos and thought they were rather ordinary. I wonder if they’re just a gateway biscuit. You should try something entirely more hardcore like McVities Chocolate Digestive (plain chocolate of course) or even Ginger Nuts if you’re feeling brave…

    Are you declaring Newman – Os to be the biscuit equivalent of methadone?

    • http://blogs.discovermagazine.com Keith Kloor

      Yes! That’s exactly what I was thinking! Was wondering if anyone would say methadone.

  • mem_somerville

    Yeah. I saw the newest brain trust (a 16-year-old that team organic is using for misinformation campaigns) post this yesterday about Halloween candy:

    A good safety tip , don’t let them eat anything with #gmos and #highfructosecornsyrup buy them healthy candy instead.

    Yeah. The healthy candy.

    This poor kid will be so embarrassed after some biology and chemistry in college that I feel bad for her.

  • bobito
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About Keith Kloor

Keith Kloor is a NYC-based journalist, and an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University. His work has appeared in Slate, Science, Discover, and the Washington Post magazine, among other outlets. From 2000 to 2008, he was a senior editor at Audubon Magazine. In 2008-2009, he was a Fellow at the University of Colorado’s Center for Environmental Journalism, in Boulder, where he studied how a changing environment (including climate change) influenced prehistoric societies in the U.S. Southwest. He covers a wide range of topics, from conservation biology and biotechnology to urban planning and archaeology.

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