In the News: The Health Benefits of Kefir Revealed, DASH Diet Linked to Lowered Risk of Gout, Candy Will Soon Be Repackaged With Less Calories

The health benefits of kefir revealed. Studies have shown that eating probiotic foods is key for a healthy gut. Kefir is a great example, this the fermented milk beverage has been found to help digestive health, manage IBS, prevent yeast infections, protect the body from harmful bacteria, and reduce bloating. Research also shows that eating probiotic foods can help with mental health as well – particularly in terms of curbing social anxiety. You can drink it straight, add fruits and dark chocolate, or blend it into a smoothie. Want to learn more about probiotic foods? Take a look at this shopping list. (HEALTH)

DASH diet linked to lowered risk of gout. In a study 26 years in the making, the diets of 44,000 men were reviewed and the findings show that a plant-based diet, compared to a Western style diet, is more effective in lowering blood pressure, preventing heart disease, and lowering the risk of gout, a painful condition that impacts the joints. Gout occurs when there is too much uric acid in the blood, which leads to the release of these acidic crystals. Along with eating plant-based foods, the DASH diet has been found to lower the amount of uric acid in the body, making it an appealing option for men wanting to prevent this painful condition. Learn more about the DASH diet here. (MEDNEWS)

Candy might soon come in smaller packages. Several candy companies have promised to cut sugar and calories in their popular treats. Mars Chocolate North America, Ferrara Candy Company, Ghirardelli, Russell Stover Candies and others have agreed to make big changes to their candy packaging and content over the next few years. By 2022, at least 50% of sweets from these companies will have 200 calories or less in each package. In another move to improve consumers’ health, calorie information will be printed on the front of candy wrappers to make the amount more readily visible. According to the American Heart Association, they suggest that candy should have no more than six teaspoons of sugar for women and nine teaspoons of sugar for men, while some candies currently have 240 calories per pack. This initiative will hopefully help consumers make more informed choices and improve their health. (USATODAY)