The White Stuff: Are Oreos As Addictive As Cocaine?

The White Stuff: Are Oreos As Addictive As Cocaine?

With a new study comparing the addictive quality of Oreos to cocaine, Kojo looks at the science behind food addiction.

A recent study links the addictive quality of Oreo cookies to that of cocaine. While researchers draw their conclusions from observing brain activity in rats, the study fits into a growing body of research that suggests foods high in fat and sugar can create actual addiction in people. Kojo looks at the science behind food addiction and explores how it could change our understanding of junk food culture.

Guests

James Hamblin

MD; Health Editor, the Atlantic

Dana Smith

researcher and PhD student, Behavioral and Clinical Neuroscience Institute, Cambridge University;

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