Rats! I just read an article talking about how Oreo’s can be as addicting as Cocaine. http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/10/16/oreos-may-be-as-addictive-as-cocaine/
That didn’t really bother me. I would wager that lots of foods and habits are just as addictive, maybe more so. Later in the article the writer states how “The research looked at the rat’s behavior and the effects the cookies had on their brains.
It made me wonder. Why is potential human behavior always anticipated based on the behavior of a rat? Frankly I’m tired of hearing about studies on rats being used to determine how I as a human being might react to different foods, drugs and other stimuli. There is something in their physiology that makes them wonderful test subjects. I get that. It’s science. But still, don’t you get tired of hearing about rats being used to test stuff that a human is going to experience?
Despite the love that many people may have for their pet rodent, they are still vermin. If you were to discover a rat in your home, would you take action to get rid of it or would you stop and say “That rat could save us all, go get an oreo and feed it to him so we’ll know how it’s going to effect us!” I think not.
Are there not enough other things to research other that Oreos? I’d like an Oreo with a nice tall glass of cold milk but I’ve removed such things from my diet. Without asking one single rat, I was able to determine that if I ate one of those delicious creme filled cookies I might want another. Maybe I’d want to eat several, perhaps dozens, or the whole package! Then I might want a snickers bar and some ice cream cake. Perhaps a chocolate milkshake would be good?
As a matter of fact, if you placed a snack machine side by side with a cocaine vending machine I’m pretty sure I’d tear into the snacks and forgo the powder. Maybe that’s just me?
If we were in the days of old, the King would have a food taster by his side to test his food and wine to make sure it was not poisened or of poor quality. Perhaps he should have had a rat instead?
Maybe we should all take rats to dinner with us when we go out on the town, show it the restaurant menu and ask for its recommendation!