The chewy candy category saw a 6% growth spurt in the last year to reach $2.8 billion in total sales, according to IRI. And the big trend is minis, which proliferate the shelves in their ubiquitous resealable packages, and both traditional chewy candy brands and those typically associated with hard candy varieties are getting in on the act. Wrigley introduced Life Savers Berry Bites Gummies and Starburst Minis; Hershey now offers Jolly Rancher Soft and Chewy Bites; and Perfetti Van Melle USA launched Airhead Bites and Airhead Xtremes Bites.
A study indicates that consumption of green tea can protect against gum disease. Researchers found that men who regularly drink green tea have better periodontal health than do men who drink it less often.
Men who ingest more vitamin C are less likely to develop gout, a study finds. The vitamin seems to lower the levels of uric acid in the blood, preventing the buildup that can lead to the form of arthritis.