April 2004 issue
New Issue of
ARS Food & Nutrition Research Briefs Posted
By Marcia Wood
May 17, 2004
The latest issue of the Agricultural
Research Service's Food & Nutrition Research Briefs is posted on the
World Wide Web at:
Written for consumers, researchers, food and health writers, and healthcare
professionals, the Briefs present short updates of ARS studies in human
nutrition, food freshness and safety, new foods and related topics.
Some highlights from the issue:
- Parents of kids age two and up can now check a handy web site every six
months to help determine if their children's weight gains or losses are heading
in the right direction.
- Sweet Scarlet, a new, ARS-developed seedless red grape with raspberry-red
skin and a pleasantly light muscat flavor, could start showing up in
supermarkets within three to four years.
- Scientists interested in boosting the nutritional value of tomorrow's
eggplant have found that this hefty veggie contains high levels of chlorogenic
acid--one of the most powerful antioxidants produced in plants.
- Helpful bacteria may protect poultry from Salmonella, Campylobacter
and other pathogens that might otherwise take hold in the birds' intestines
and cause foodborne illness in people who eat poultry.
ARS is the U.S. Department of
Agriculture's chief scientific research agency.
Contact: Marcia Wood, USDA-ARS
Information Staff, Beltsville, MD 20705; phone (301) 504-1662, fax (301)