Researchers at the University of Bordeaux say the combination of ingredients in a traditional chocolate cookie trigger the same addictive response in your brain as cocaine or marijuana.
“Overall, this research has revealed that sugar and sweet reward can not only substitute to addictive drugs, like cocaine, but can even be more rewarding and attractive,” the study’s abstract posits.
Like your cookies with a dash of salt? Your brain does too. Salt consumption activates the brain’s reward centers, compounding the already addictive effects of these chocolaty treats.
So the next time your cookie cravings compel you to act against your better judgement, don’t beat yourself up about it. It’s basically a natural human response, the study shows.
Chocolate chip cookies account for about a fifth of the global cookie market, which is expected to become a $38 billion industry by 2022.
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Oh my God, I hate these kinds of studies. The ‘recent’ study was from 6 years ago and was a review article of previous work, most of which was done in rodents. We know that rodents and humans response very differently to drugs of abuse. First of all drug use in lab rodents is not voluntarily, most studies just pick them up and inject them, whereas food intake in rodents is voluntary. Furthermore, most lab rodents are fasted over night before the studies. Mice can only live about 2-3 days without food, so an overnight fast would be roughly equivalent to several days for a human. So yes if you give palatable food to a starving mouse, they do like it a lot more than being picked up and randomly injected with cocaine or morphine. Human drug addicts frequently sacrifice their jobs, homes, family, financial stability, and health to continue using. They only thing equivalent to this in humans are patients with rare damaging mutations to genes like leptin or melanocortin 4 receptor. So no, I don’t think the evidence supports this article at all.