ARS Food and Nutrition Research Briefs Issued / October 30, 2007 /
News from the USDA Agricultural Research Service
ARS Food and Nutrition Research Briefs
Issued By Marcia Wood October 30, 2007
How to prepare garlicwithout stripping it of its heart-healthy
thiosulfinatesis among the nutrition and health findings noted in the
newest issue of the Agricultural Research
Service's Food and Nutrition Research Briefs and its
Spanish-language edition (Informe de investigaciones de alimentos y
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The popular online newsletter reports discoveries from researchers at
ARS laboratories nationwide.
Among other findings, the current issue reports that:
- Osteoarthritis of the hands and knees might be forestalled by the
vitamin K found in foods such as collard greens, kale and spinach.
- Blueberry extracts may help fight inflammation of immune system
cells in the brain, if results from lab cultures of animal cells hold true for
- Three new types of seeded, red-fleshed watermelon from ARS
scientists in Oklahoma are lower in sugar, yet still provide lycopene, a
powerful antioxidant associated with a lower incidence of some cancers.
- Makers of pleasingly sour foods such as some candies, salad
dressings, pickles, breads and beverages may soon have more control over
exactly how sour their products are, thanks to new, chemistry-based
investigations from ARS.
- Processors of ready-to-eat meat and poultry products can now visit
a new Web portal to learn more about reducing the risk of foodborne pathogens
in their products.
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