Latest ARS Food & Nutrition Research
Briefs Posted By Judy McBride
October 24, 2001
The Agricultural Research
Service has posted the October 2001 issue of the Food & Nutrition
Research Briefs to its web site at:
The Research Briefs is a quarterly newsletter containing recent
ARS findings in human nutrition, food freshness and safety, and new foods and
Now you can search the newsletter from the URL listed above. If
you're not sure how to search for what you want, the "tips" link is very
Included in this issue:
- Future baked goods and snack foods may pack up to three
times as much fiber as fiber as todays products. The best part is that
consumers would get the added health benefit without tasting the difference.
- Dieters who have more of the hormonelike protein leptin
circulating in their bodies may feel less hunger than dieters whose leptin
levels drop while on a weight-loss regimen. The findings should help
researchers determine whether leptin can be used effectively to help people
shed extra pounds.
- A careful inspection of the diets of nearly 1,000 older
women in Massachusetts found their average intake of phytoestrogens--those
natural estrogenlike compounds in soybeans and many other plant foods--to be
only 1 to 5 percent the intake reported for Asian populations.
- ARS scientists have developed a new chromium formulation
that people absorb into the bloodstream better than anything on the market.
ARS is the chief scientific agency of the
U.S. Department of Agriculture. .