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Old 08-06-2010, 07:17 AM
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Why are Oreos so addictive?

I've been told they have a special additive that makes them addictive.
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Old 08-06-2010, 07:20 AM
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Are they? Do you have study that shows that Oreos are more likely to be overinduldged in that any other given snack food?

To me, they're just overly-sweetened cookies.
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Old 08-06-2010, 08:17 AM
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The sugar

It's the pure sugar in them. Same thing happens to rats who can eat all the sugar they want. They keep wanting more. Those are empty calories. Eventually, you suffer malnutrition.
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Old 08-06-2010, 08:35 AM
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There is nothing addictive about oreos. Unless you find the taste of lard particularly enjoyable. Blech.
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Old 08-06-2010, 08:58 AM
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It's the pure sugar in them.
And the fat.
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Old 08-06-2010, 09:11 AM
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gee, I ain't so sure 'bout them Oreos....but do know that they are less addictive than Pringles

I think it's due to all those alien anal probes....
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Old 08-06-2010, 09:55 AM
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They are not addictive at all. I hate them. If they were everyone would be addicted.

ETA: I hate Pringles, too.

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Old 08-06-2010, 10:02 AM
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Everything tasty is addictive to someone. Oreos to most people are not. You're just one of the (un)lucky few.
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Old 08-06-2010, 10:32 AM
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There is nothing addictive about oreos. Unless you find the taste of lard particularly enjoyable. Blech.
Uhhhh . . . no lard. They are kosher.

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Old 08-06-2010, 10:41 AM
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I am amazed that anyone at all likes them, they are terrible.

Dry, tasteless, weak weak washed out chocolate flavour - like a chocolate biscuit in chocolate rations - I really do not see the point in them. If you want a chocolaty biscuit then why not go for a choccy bourban?

They are like a pale imitation of so many other much better specialised biscuits.

Its not even like they are cheaper than other biscuits either, nor do they keep longer, in fact I can't think of a single reason why you'd want an Oreo when compared with the alternatives, from dunkability to flavour.
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Old 08-06-2010, 10:50 AM
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Count me as another who doesn't get the attraction of Oreos. I don't care for ice cream sandwiches either. (Klondike bars, on the other hand, are like crack to me.)
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Old 08-06-2010, 10:52 AM
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I am amazed that anyone at all likes them, they are terrible.

Dry, tasteless, weak weak washed out chocolate flavour - like a chocolate biscuit in chocolate rations - I really do not see the point in them. If you want a chocolaty biscuit then why not go for a choccy bourban?

They are like a pale imitation of so many other much better specialised biscuits.

Its not even like they are cheaper than other biscuits either, nor do they keep longer, in fact I can't think of a single reason why you'd want an Oreo when compared with the alternatives, from dunkability to flavour.
In their price class, they are the best sandwich cream cookies. There's Oreo at the top, then Hydrox a couple of tiers down, then way at the bottom are the store brands.

Of course, there are more expensive sandwich creams that are better, but Oreos are at the top of their class. Hydrox are like particle board surrounding white play-doh. Store brands are crap, almost universally.
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Old 08-06-2010, 11:00 AM
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in fact I can't think of a single reason why you'd want an Oreo when compared with the alternatives, from dunkability to flavour.
Oh come on. They're fun to disassemble. There's a bit more interactivity and creativity involved than in other snack foods. So there's that going for them.
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Old 08-06-2010, 11:01 AM
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Read David Kessler's "The End of Overeating" it ain't no accident.
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Old 08-06-2010, 11:13 AM
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If you think them dry, dip them in milk. One of my favorite indulgences is to get 5 or 6 Oreos, put them in a cup, and pour milk on top of them. Wait about 30 seconds and start eating

Sooooooooooo good!!!
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Old 08-06-2010, 11:26 AM
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Read David Kessler's "The End of Overeating" it ain't no accident.
Good article. Junk food companies formulate the food to exploit our natural adaptation to pursue high-calorie food sources, which might have been important 50,000 years ago but isn't as necessary in civilized, high-tech society.

It ain't for nothin' that we can only taste 5 things and two of them are sweet and salty.
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Old 08-06-2010, 11:38 AM
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I buy them just so I can enjoy their resealable package, possibly the best design I can think of in a resealable product. Most of that type just suck.
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Old 08-06-2010, 12:04 PM
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Count me in as another that doesn't get oreos. I mean the chocolate flavor is so weak that as a kid I didn't realize they were supposed to be chocolate. (And anyway they're a knock off of hydrox.) Personally if I'm going to eat a packaged cookie it's going to be a Peggy Lawton chocolate chip. (Although I'd rather have a Ho-Ho or a Twinkie if we're talking sweet snack food.)
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Old 08-06-2010, 12:11 PM
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Fat and sugar - here is the recipe for the filling if you want to save money.

Bottom line: Crisco + Sugar

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Old 08-06-2010, 12:37 PM
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My brother leaves the package open until they go soft and then he devours them.

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It's the pure sugar in them. Same thing happens to rats who can eat all the sugar they want. They keep wanting more. Those are empty calories. Eventually, you suffer malnutrition.
You'll suffer malnutrition if you eat any one substance exclusive of other required substances.

"Empty" calories? There are only three sources of calories -- protein, fat, and carbohydrates (sugars). Sugars aren't any more "empty" than proteins or fats. You need all three plus vitamins, minerals, fiber, etc. Eating any one of these things in exclusion of all others will lead to malnutrition.
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Old 08-06-2010, 01:02 PM
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Count me in as another that doesn't get oreos. I mean the chocolate flavor is so weak that as a kid I didn't realize they were supposed to be chocolate. (And anyway they're a knock off of hydrox.) Personally if I'm going to eat a packaged cookie it's going to be a Peggy Lawton chocolate chip. (Although I'd rather have a Ho-Ho or a Twinkie if we're talking sweet snack food.)
On the other hand, I love Oreos, and if presented with an open package have a hard time stopping myself from eating them. For me, they have exactly the right amount of chocolate flavor: Intense, but not overpowering.

Regular dark chocolate is too bitter for me to have more than a tiny piece.

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Old 08-06-2010, 01:15 PM
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I enjoy Oreos, but I haven't had one in as long as I can remember. I don't think they're particularly addictive.

My major weakness, however, is the It's-It: ice cream sandwiched between two oatmeal cookies, covered in chocolate. I think it's mostly a California thing, though.
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Old 08-06-2010, 01:35 PM
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Regular Oreos suck.

Double-Stuf Oreos ... now that's the good stuf.
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Old 08-06-2010, 01:35 PM
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They aren't. I hate them.
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Old 08-06-2010, 01:53 PM
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Neither is pot, but together, they are mighty attractive and may even explain the OP. I vote for less indiscriminate use of the word, addictive, by the way. This is the fight against ignorance, after all.
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Old 08-06-2010, 02:11 PM
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Count me as another who doesn't get the attraction of Oreos. I don't care for ice cream sandwiches either. (Klondike bars, on the other hand, are like crack to me.)

I could have written this post word for word.
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Old 08-06-2010, 02:36 PM
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As a fun exercise, try throwing an Oreo into a fire sometime (only with adult supervision!) The things burn like a candle. Empty calories indeed.
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Old 08-06-2010, 02:40 PM
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Count me as another who doesn't get the attraction of Oreos. I don't care for ice cream sandwiches either. (Klondike bars, on the other hand, are like crack to me.)
So it would be fair to say that when you're asked "What would you do for a Klondike bar?", your answer would be "Kill a hooker and shoot a man in the back?"
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Old 08-06-2010, 02:42 PM
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Oreos are my all-time favorite cookie. It's not the chocolatey-ness (if you can call it that), it's not the filling; it's more than the sum of its parts. It's the user-friendliness of them, the cookie that offers so many ways to eat it, the combined flavor, the perfection of its proportions, the dunkability, the tastiness right out of the package, the unchanged-ness of the Oreo formula. It's the perfect Saturday afternoon, walking-by-the-pantry-reach-in-for-a-snack snack.

I can't eat just one, never could.
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Old 08-06-2010, 02:44 PM
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Oh oreos....dunk 'em in milk until they're soggy. They're HEAVEN. (I don't eat them all the time, since it gets expensive, but they're a lovely treat) I'm more likely to eat Cookies 'n' Cream ice cream.

You know they make Oreo Cereal now?
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Old 08-06-2010, 03:35 PM
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I enjoy Oreos, but I haven't had one in as long as I can remember. I don't think they're particularly addictive.

My major weakness, however, is the It's-It: ice cream sandwiched between two oatmeal cookies, covered in chocolate. I think it's mostly a California thing, though.
We had those when I was a kid - they were known as a Snack-and-a-Half then. They were indeed tasty.

I'm not a huge Oreo fan, either. I'd pretty much always prefer Fudgee-os to Oreos.
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Old 08-07-2010, 12:52 AM
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gee, I ain't so sure 'bout them Oreos....but do know that they are less addictive than Pringles

I think it's due to all those alien anal probes....
Yeah, Oreos aren't all that. But I used to eat enormous quantities of Pringles. And that white bread where you can compress an entire loaf to the size of a fist. And Pepsi.

My dental problems date to that era.
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Old 08-07-2010, 01:35 AM
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Oreo schmoreo. Got nuthin' on Girl Scout Samoas or Fig Newtons. Now those are addicting.
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Old 08-07-2010, 01:45 AM
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Answer to the OP: Chocolate and sugar.

And until now, I didn't realize my inability to eat chocolate without getting the shakes would mean I couldn't have my traditional oreo cake on my birthday.
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Old 08-07-2010, 02:06 AM
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Hydrox are the original. Oreos are mere imitators, just like the Big Mac is a faux Big Boy.
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Old 08-07-2010, 02:19 AM
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"Empty" calories? There are only three sources of calories -- protein, fat, and carbohydrates (sugars). Sugars aren't any more "empty" than proteins or fats. You need all three plus vitamins, minerals, fiber, etc. Eating any one of these things in exclusion of all others will lead to malnutrition.
You're not wrong, but you're also forgetting about things like eating certain hard foods like celery naturally strengthen teeth. Eating foods with fiber is extremely important in Western nations where only around 5% of people consume adequate amounts of fiber.

Yes I realize fiber doesn't add calories, but if you're eating foods without it, you won't be hungry enough to eat the fiber. And I do realize you can take fiber supplements, which, if you don't get enough fiber, you should be doing.

As I stated, what you said, IS correct, but people don't analyze what they eat.

Years and years ago, I loved the vanilla oreos with chocolate inside, but now I'm sick of them.
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Old 08-07-2010, 03:04 AM
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Neither is pot, but together, they are mighty attractive and may even explain the OP. I vote for less indiscriminate use of the word, addictive, by the way. This is the fight against ignorance, after all.
No, sorry. Addictive is exactly the right word.
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Old 08-07-2010, 08:59 AM
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Read David Kessler's "The End of Overeating" it ain't no accident.
Good article. Junk food companies formulate the food to exploit our natural adaptation to pursue high-calorie food sources, which might have been important 50,000 years ago but isn't as necessary in civilized, high-tech society.
Grandma does the same thing with her cookies. Its called making what people want, not exploiting.


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As a fun exercise, try throwing an Oreo into a fire sometime (only with adult supervision!) The things burn like a candle. Empty calories indeed.
Pretty much any food that is mostly desiccated(as Oreos and many other snack foods are) will burn quite hot. There is a lot of energy packed away in sugars and fats. Which is what makes it a good food source.

Bacon lance.
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Old 08-07-2010, 11:58 AM
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I buy them just so I can enjoy their resealable package, possibly the best design I can think of in a resealable product. Most of that type just suck.
Hey, uh, clem, since yer jes sittin thar, rippin thet bag open, an then sealin it up agin... uh, d'ya think ah could have some uh them oreos?
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Old 08-07-2010, 12:15 PM
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I buy them just so I can enjoy their resealable package, possibly the best design I can think of in a resealable product. Most of that type just suck.
That implies you have leftovers that need to be stored.

Why do you hate America?
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Old 08-07-2010, 07:05 PM
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Oreos are my all-time favorite cookie. It's not the chocolatey-ness (if you can call it that), it's not the filling; it's more than the sum of its parts. It's the user-friendliness of them, the cookie that offers so many ways to eat it, the combined flavor, the perfection of its proportions, the dunkability, the tastiness right out of the package, the unchanged-ness of the Oreo formula. It's the perfect Saturday afternoon, walking-by-the-pantry-reach-in-for-a-snack snack.

I can't eat just one, never could.
This here.
I can't buy a package. We'll sit at the table with a glass of milk and eat an entire bag between the three of us.
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Old 08-07-2010, 08:04 PM
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It's the pure sugar in them.
And the fat.
And the crack.



This thread is very familiar.
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Old 08-09-2010, 10:28 AM
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As a fun exercise, try throwing an Oreo into a fire sometime (only with adult supervision!) The things burn like a candle. Empty calories indeed.
Pretty much any food that is mostly desiccated(as Oreos and many other snack foods are) will burn quite hot. There is a lot of energy packed away in sugars and fats. Which is what makes it a good food source.

Bacon lance.
You ain't just whistlin' Dixie. Here's a video of how ten pounds of sugar can produce enough rocket thrust to make a 200-pound Porta-John airborne.
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Old 08-09-2010, 01:49 PM
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Pretty much any food that is mostly desiccated(as Oreos and many other snack foods are) will burn quite hot. There is a lot of energy packed away in sugars and fats. Which is what makes it a good food source.

Bacon lance.
That is awesome. I thought I was being clever showing my kids the energy in food by lighting Oreos. Boy do I feel like an amateur. If you need me I'll be in my basement working on a new top secret project.
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