Latest ARS Food and Nutrition Research
Briefs Issued By
Marcia Wood June 11, 2007
New research findings about copper's role in heart health, and the
cholesterol-fighting potential of blueberries, are highlighted in the newest
issue of the Agricultural Research
Service's Food and Nutrition Research Briefs and its recently
launched Spanish-language edition (Informe de investigaciones de alimentos y
View the English edition at
and the Spanish edition at
The popular online newsletter reports discoveries from researchers at
ARS laboratories nationwide who are conducting nutrition investigations,
creating ways to make our food safer, developing nutritious new foodsand
Among other findings, the current issue reports that:
- Studies of catfish genes may lead to superior, farm-raised catfish
for the future.
- Augustprince and Early Augustprince, two luscious new freestone
peaches for southeastern U.S. orchards, can help meet peach lovers' demand for
the delectable fruit.
- Beneficial bacteria bashed Listeria monocytogenes, a
foodborne pathogen, in laboratory experiments with freshly cut melon.
- ARS' newly updated flavonoid database is a handy, informative
listing of the levels of these phytonutrients in about 400 fruits, vegetables
and other foods.
- Onions may soon be even more nutritious, thanks to studies by ARS
scientists and their university collaborators.
The ARS Food and Nutrition Research Briefs is offered with
color photos and illustrations on the Web. And by clicking the "subscribe" link on
the newsletter's home page, readers can sign up for two e-mail options: They
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that a new issue has been posted to the Web.
ARS is the U.S. Department of
Agriculture's chief scientific research agency.