"OREO Creme-filled Churro Bites for retail," J&J Snack Foods Corp
"OREO Creme-filled Churro Bites for retail," J&J Snack Foods Corp

You Will Soon Be Able to Buy Cream-Filled Oreo Churros

"OREO Creme-filled Churro Bites for retail," J&J Snack Foods Corp
"OREO Creme-filled Churro Bites for retail," J&J Snack Foods Corp

How do you make the world's best-selling cookie even more delicious and popular? You take another dessert and find a way to fuse them together, creating an entirely new way for fans to treat themselves. J&J Snack Foods Corp recently announced that Oreo Churros will soon hit stores in two variations: 10-inch sticks and smaller, bite-sized versions.

"OREO Churros Creme Filled Bites with OREO Churros logo," J&J Snack Foods Corp

According to a press release, it has been a year since the original Oreo Churros were introduced to the world. But unlike that variety, which was intended to be dipped into Oreo cream, the new churros are packed with cream filling and made from real Oreo pieces—streamlining the snacking process into one self-contained treat. The bite-sized churros will be sold in the frozen section of stores around the U.S., but Mashable reports that the longer sticks will only be available at "food retailers like movie theaters and sporting events."

"We were overwhelmed by the national buzz surrounding the original Oreo Churros, so immediately began working on a product line extension so that the snack was available to dippers or grippers," J&J Snack Foods CEO Gerry Shreiber said. The new products bring the Oreo Churro count up to five, as production will continue on the other three dipping versions: Traditional Churros, Double-Twisted, and Bites.  

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There’s plenty of research that suggests that exercise can be an effective treatment for depression. In some cases of depression, in fact—particularly less-severe ones—scientists have found that exercise can be as effective as antidepressants, which don’t work for everyone and can come with some annoying side effects. Previous studies have largely concentrated on aerobic exercise, like running, but new research shows that weight lifting can be a useful depression treatment, too.

The study in JAMA Psychiatry, led by sports scientists at the University of Limerick in Ireland, examined the results of 33 previous clinical trials that analyzed a total of 1877 participants. It found that resistance training—lifting weights, using resistance bands, doing push ups, and any other exercises targeted at strengthening muscles rather than increasing heart rate—significantly reduced symptoms of depression.

This held true regardless of how healthy people were overall, how much of the exercises they were assigned to do, or how much stronger they got as a result. While the effect wasn’t as strong in blinded trials—where the assessors don’t know who is in the control group and who isn’t, as is the case in higher-quality studies—it was still notable. According to first author Brett Gordon, these trials showed a medium effect, while others showed a large effect, but both were statistically significant.

The studies in the paper all looked at the effects of these training regimes on people with mild to moderate depression, and the results might not translate to people with severe depression. Unfortunately, many of the studies analyzed didn’t include information on whether or not the patients were taking antidepressants, so the researchers weren’t able to determine what role medications might play in this. However, Gordon tells Mental Floss in an email that “the available evidence supports that [resistance training] may be an effective alternative and/or adjuvant therapy for depressive symptoms that could be prescribed on its own and/or in conjunction with other depression treatments,” like therapy or medication.

There haven’t been a lot of studies yet comparing whether aerobic exercise or resistance training might be better at alleviating depressive symptoms, and future research might tackle that question. Even if one does turn out to be better than the other, though, it seems that just getting to the gym can make a big difference.

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