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November 15, 2013 • Comments (0)
It’s true, the information in this video will totally creep you out. That is, if you’re still eating the foods featured in this video.
November 11, 2013 • Comments (1)
November 08, 2013 • Comments (1)
There’s not a chef crafting the processed foods we’re being sold. There’s a scientist—well many scientists—creating foods that are highly addictive.
November 06, 2013 • Comments (2)
Advertising perpetuates and manipulates public opinion. In this case Crest takes a self serving stance by putting kids in charge. Kids demand sugary candy, damn it! Who wants that healthy crap? Ugh, it’s disgusting!
For every ad there’s an implied message. In this case, Crest is saying:
There’s also a political aspect to this commercial, which says don’t be like the misguided, do-gooder food police [square] adult.
November 01, 2013 • Comments (2)
A recent research project by faculty and students at Connecticut College has suggested that Oreo cookies are as addictive as cocaine. Their findings showed that rats formed an equally strong association between the pleasurable effects of eating Oreos as they did between cocaine or morphine in a specific environment.
In response, comedian Conan O’Brien aired the following spoof:
If I had to choose between Oreo cookies or cocaine, I’m with the rats. I’d choose the Oreos (and have many, many times). Does that mean I am addicted? There are many substances and activities that light up the brain’s pleasure center; does that make all of them addictive?
Scientists and skeptics have attacked the Connecticut College study (via blogs posts and comments on news articles) to label the experiment “junk science.” If you read the details of the experiment, you’ll probably agree.
What I find most interesting about this study is not the findings or the methodology but instead the reaction of the public when they hear the accusation that something as sweet and innocent as Oreos could be addictive. Jokesters used the opportunity to make a pun (as Conan did), commenters exclaimed, “Correlation does not equal causation,” and libertarians argued that we’re not taking responsibility for ourselves if we blame the substance—especially something as innocent as Oreos.
We all know that giving children a bag of cookies and giving them a bag of cocaine are very different things. However, anyone who identifies as being addicted to sugar knows how powerful the draw to sweet junk food can be. It doesn’t matter if it’s Oreos, Girl Scout Cookies, Chips Ahoy, gambling, sex, food, or drugs. Those who struggle with addictive behaviors are really suffering. Addiction lives in the body of the addict and it’s not fun.
In the end, the “Is sugar addictive?” debate rages on while Nabisco gets some free advertising and a slightly edgy take on a very kid-centric food.