Latest ARS Food & Nutrition Research Briefs Posted / October 31,
2003 / News from the USDA Agricultural Research Service
Latest ARS Food & Nutrition Research
Briefs Posted By Marcia Wood
October 31, 2003
The Agricultural Research Service has posted the October 2003
issue of Food & Nutrition Research Briefs on its web site at:
The Research Briefs present concise updates about ARS
research in human nutrition, food freshness and safety, and related topics.
Some highlights of the October 2003 issue:
- Drinking black tea and eating meals low in fat and
cholesterol may help lower the bad LDL cholesterol in blood.
- The 1.5 million Americans who are allergic to peanuts may
someday have an allergen-free peanut they can enjoy.
- A form of vitamin D, discovered in laboratory studies by an
ARS researcher, may help fight cancer.
- Eating fruits, vegetables and certain grains that are rich
in antioxidant compounds could be the most practical and least expensive way to
delay formation of cataracts.
- Small, hard-to-find particles on poultry carcasses may now
be easier to detect at the processing plant, using a newly patented, high-tech
imaging system from ARS.
ARS is the chief scientific research agency of the
U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Contact: Marcia Wood,
USDA-ARS Information Staff, Beltsville, MD 20705; phone (301) 504-1662, fax