Sunday, October 20, 2013

How Oreos Work Like Cocaine

Research made national news this week that the cookies are more addictive than psychoactive drugs. That claim may be exaggerated, but the neuroscience of junk food addiction is nonetheless fascinating and relevant—mentally, physically, and socially.

"Nothing gets me high as that sandwich cookie does
. But I love the filling most. I rub it on my roast, mix it in with my coffee, and spread it on my toast. I love the white stuff, baby. In the middle of an Oreo."
—Al Yankovic, "The White Stuff," 1992