• Call: (703) 674-8014

Oreos as Addicting as Cocaine

A new small study in rats found that Oreos are as addictive as cocaine.

The “pleasure center” of the brain, the nucleus accumbens, apparently gets just as activated in response to Oreos as it does to cocaine and morphine.

While this study is new, the concept is not. Sugar (what Oreos are loaded with) has been documented to be MORE addicting to cocaine in multiple studies. Researchers speculate that the sweet receptors (two protein receptors located on the tongue), which evolved in ancestral times when the diet was very low in sugar, have not adapted to modern times’ high-sugar consumption. Therefore, the abnormally high stimulation of these receptors by our sugar-rich diets generates excessive reward signals in the brain, which have the potential to override normal self-control mechanisms, and thus lead to addiction. ~ Dr. Mercola.

While it can take a much longer time, sugar overdose, like cocaine, can lead to premature death.

Bottom Line: Start detoxing off sugar- your health depends on it!