Food & Nutrition Research Briefs Posted
By Marcia Wood
August 26, 2002
Agricultural Research Service has posted
the August 2002 Food & Nutrition Research Briefs on its website at:
The Research Briefs present concise and timely updates about ARS research in
human nutrition, food freshness and safety, and new foods.
Web visitors can search the newsletter, including past issues. They can also
sign up to
receive future issues of the Briefs by e-mail.
Included in the August 2002 issue:
- Besides being fun to eat, watermelon is a delicious source of lycopene--a
- Teens who eat breakfast are two to five times more likely than their
breakfast-skipping counterparts to get at least two-thirds of the daily
Recommended Dietary Intakes of many essential vitamins and minerals.
- Brown rice that used to require up to 50 minutes to cook now can be tender
and ready to eat in only 15, if processed by a novel technique from ARS
- Zinc may have a key role in keeping cell membranes intact, preliminary
results of a new study suggest.
- An analysis of health data from nearly 8,400 American men and women
provides new insight into the link between high levels of the amino acid
homocysteine and increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
- Beneficial soil-dwelling bacteria may protect tomorrow's potatoes against
dry rot fungus and unwanted sprouting.
ARS is the chief scientific agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Contact: Marcia Wood, USDA-ARS Information Staff, Beltsville, MD 20705;
phone (301) 504-1662, fax (301) 504-1641, e-mail