New Edition of ARS Food & Nutrition Research
Briefs Posted on the Web
By Marcia Wood
October 27, 2006
The newest edition of the
Agricultural Research Service's online ARS Food & Nutrition Research Briefs
newsletter is now available on the World Wide Web at:
The quarterly publication features short, informative highlights of new
scientific findings about nutrition and health, as well as food safety, new
foods and related topics.
Full-color photos illustrate the research, which is conducted by scientists
with, or funded by, the Agricultural Research Service, the
U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief
scientific research agency.
Besides being posted on the Web, this specialized publication is available
free of charge via email. Also, those interested in being notified when a new
edition is posted on the Web can request an email alert. To sign up for any of
these services, go to:
The new issue includes highlights from a variety of research studies around
the nation that have, for example:
- shown that a compound from fresh blackberries helps prevent the spread of
certain kinds of tumors in laboratory mice.
- revealed that walnutsalready shown in some studies to reduce
"bad" (LDL) cholesterolmay have yet another way of enhancing
your cardiovascular health.
- documented that blueberries and strawberries may help slow age-related
decline in learning and memory, if results from tests with laboratory rats hold
true for humans.
- led to the introduction of a delicious new gooseberry called
"Jeanne" and a plump potato called "Blazer Russet."
- suggested that experimental antibrowning washes or dips may keep freshly
sliced apples safe to eat while, at the same time, protecting their appealing
textures, flavors and colors.
- indicated that, since fresh producelike cilantrocontinues to
"breathe" after being harvested, packaging it in a film or wrap that
meets the item's respiratory needs will extend shelf life.