Study Suggests Oreos May Be as Addictive to Dogs as Drugs Like Cocaine

The temptation in so many kitchens may be more irresistible than we realize.
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Transcript for Study Suggests Oreos May Be as Addictive to Dogs as Drugs Like Cocaine
And a headline tonight rocketing around all day. A closer look at oreo cookies, and a new study tonight that suggests if you can't stop eating them, there's a reason. "Nightline" anchor, dan harris. Reporter: If you too crave oreo cookies, you're in good company. We all have our strategies, split them apart, eat the filling first, dip them in milk. But feed them to rats -- then things get interesting. That's what researchers at connecticut college did. And they found that when eating oreos, the pleasure centers in the little guys' brains lit up as much -- or even more, than on cocaine. And, yes, by the way, the rats ate the filling first. Now, to be clear their study has not been peer-reviewed or published. As nabisco, the maker of oreo said today, quote, while it may seem simple to bucket foods as good or bad, the reality is that foods are complex, and encouraging people to enjoy a balanced diet paired with physical activity is most important. Many experts say the way to fight obesity is more exercise, more fruits and vegetables. And when it comes to cookies, moderation. Although, as any lab rat will tell you, that last part is not always easy. Dance harris, abc news, new

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