Food & Nutrition Research Briefs Posted
By Judy McBride
April 6, 2001
The Agricultural Research Service has posted
the April 2001 issue of the Food & Nutrition Research Briefs to its web
The Research Briefs is a quarterly newsletter containing the latest ARS
findings in human nutrition, food freshness and safety, and new foods and
Included in this issue:
- Its no secret that people need ample calcium and vitamin D to
maintain strong bones, even in their twilight years. Now, a study suggests that
protein may be important in reducing bone loss in elders.
- Planning a cookout? To be on the safe side, youd be wise to check
the internal temperature of those ground beef burgers with a meat thermometer
instead of relying on color.
- Cayenne pepper--a popular spice for flavoring food--contains a compound
that kills several noxious fungi and yeasts, including Candida albicans.
But it doesnt hurt human cells, so a company is testing its potential as
a candidate drug for treating patients with fungal infections.
- A small dose of sodium chlorate--oxidized table salt--fed to pigs before
slaughter could reduce the chance of foodborne illness. The compound
selectively kills the pathogens Salmonella typhimurium and E.
ARS is the chief scientific agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Contact: Judy McBride, ARS Information Staff, Beltsville, Md., phone
(301) 504-1628, fax (301) 504-1641, email@example.com.