New "Food & Nutrition Research Briefs" Posted on Web / February
22, 2005 / News from the USDA Agricultural Research Service
New Food & Nutrition Research Briefs
Posted on Web By Marcia Wood February 22, 2005
The Agricultural Research
Service has posted the newest edition of the Food & Nutrition
Research Briefs on the World Wide Web at
The issue includes short updates on ARS research about human
nutrition, new foods and food safety. For example, the Briefs report that:
- A new, packaged mix for making fragrant loaves of healthful,
whole-grain rice bread in your home bread-making machine may be on the market
within a year.
- By examining the structure, or sequence, of the genes of
Campylobacter jejuni and some of its close relatives, ARS scientists are
moving closer to finding new, more effective ways to squelch this foodborne
- Low-sugar watermelons, with a sprinkling of artificial sweetener,
can taste just as refreshing as their higher-sugar counterparts--and still
provide an impressive amount of health-imparting lycopene.
- The "Pistachio Blaster," a high-speed sorter that listens for the
distinctive sound of a ripened nut as it bounces off a steel plate, helps
ensure that only premium, ready-to-eat pistachios make their way from orchards
- Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005, compiled by the U.S.
Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services, are available to you
on the World Wide Web as a brochure, executive summary, and full report.
- Seniors who took vitamin D supplements fell down 22 percent less
than those who didn't use supplements, a study of 1,200 men and women,
averaging age 70, has shown.
For further information contact
Marcia Wood, Editor, ARS Food
& Nutrition Research Briefs, (301) 504-1662