Regency Nursing Serves Delicious Cookies!

Good morning!

I’ve got a big weakness for neckties. I have more neckties than many people have hair on their heads.

My ties come in all colors and stripes. Some are solids and they are the basic staples, but the ones I like most are those with various colors and subtle motifs interspersed.

Why? Because the flavor and spice of our existence (and I believe this is true for everything) comes from the interplay of the various ‘shades and colors’ we experience during our walk through life and not from the ‘constants’ found in the basic staples.

Others refer to my observation as “attention to detail.”

At Regency Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers, we also pay close attention to the details. We also do whatever it takes to spice up the lives of our residents and families.

Let me give you an example:

Walk into the magnificent lobby of the Regency Jewish Heritage in Somerset NJ and you will find a table off to the corner set up with hot coffee (regular and decaf) and cookies for our guests, our tours, our families etc. Where many other nursing homes would potentially overlook this ‘detail’, we don’t and our grateful families love us for it! I’ve never seen a lobby full of people at Regency Heritage without somebody munching on one of our cookies or sipping a cup of java!

We offer delicious cookies manufactured by Eden or David’s Cookies.

Yummy Eden Cookies served at Regency!
Yummy Eden Cookies served at Regency!

Actually, cookies are making all the news today. Specifically, Oreo cookies is the featured topic of discussion!

A recent study conducted by the Connecticut College which made all the news circuits yesterday, shows that “America’s favorite cookie” is just as addictive as cocaine — at least for lab rats. 

In the study conducted by professors and students at Connecticut College, aimed at evaluating the potential addictiveness of high-fat and high-sugar foods, the researchers found that rats formed the same  strong association with the pleasurable effects of eating Oreos and as they did between cocaine or morphine!

Oh no! Fuzzy rat munching on an Oreo cookie (and getting 'high')!!
Oh no!
Fuzzy rat munching on an Oreo cookie (and getting ‘high’)!!

However, the study also found that when the rats consumed the cookies it activated more neurons in the brain’s “pleasure center” than exposure to the drugs.  

“Our research supports the theory that high-fat/high-sugar foods stimulate the brain in the same way that drugs do,” said Joseph Schroeder, a neuroscience assistant professor at Connecticut College. “It may explain why some people can’t resist these foods despite the fact that they know they are bad for them.”

One of the surprising results of the research was how the rats consumed the cookies. They would break it open and eat the creamy middle first! And you thought you were the only one!

According to the college, Schroeder will present the Oreo research in November at the Society for Neuroscience conference in San Diego.

Shroeder also reported that he hasn’t touched and Oreo cookie since conducting the study!

Fun stuff!

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