New Issue of ARS Food and Nutrition Research
Briefs By Kim
Kaplan December 31, 2007
Evidence that so-called "fast carbs"those that cause rapid
spikes and plunges in blood sugar levelscould be a risk factor for
age-related vision loss is among the recent nutrition and health findings noted
in the newest issue of the Agricultural Research Service's (ARS) Food and Nutrition Research
Briefs and its Spanish-language version, Informe de investigaciones de
alimentos y nutrición.
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The popular online newsletter reports discoveries from researchers at
ARS laboratories nationwide. Among other findings, the current issue reports
- An association has been found, in seniors aged 60 and older,
between low vitamin B12 blood levels and diminishing mental agility.
- A new medium developed by ARS that provides a quicker, simpler way
to distinguish between Campylobacter species has been licensed for
manufacture by two U.S. companies.
- ARS's database of foods rich in antioxidants has been expanded by
more than 100 entries.
- Adequate amounts of dietary copper have been shown to have major
importance in neonatal brain function development.
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Agriculture's chief scientific research agency.