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ARS Food and Nutrition Research Briefs Issued / March 28, 2008 / News from the USDA Agricultural Research Service

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ARS Food and Nutrition Research Briefs Issued

By Kim Kaplan
March 28, 2008

The first evidence that high levels of vitamin A can suppress development of type 1 diabetes in laboratory mice prone to that disease is among the new nutrition and health findings noted in the most recent issue of the Agricultural Research Service's (ARS) Food and Nutrition Research Briefs and the Spanish-language edition Informe de investigaciones de alimentos y nutrición.

View the English edition at:

http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/np/fnrb/fnrb0408.htm

The popular online newsletter reports discoveries from researchers at ARS laboratories nationwide.

Among other findings, the current issue reports that:

  • Encouraging grade-school children to participate in food preparation activities is an effective approach to getting the children to eat more fruits and vegetables.
  • ARS has launched Community Nutrition Map (CNMap), an updated web resource that provides a snapshot of state and national health and nutrition indicators.
  • How often people eat each day may affect their health.
  • Strawberries, grapes, blueberries and some familiar seasonings like rosemary contain compounds that can—in test tubes—kill cells of a childhood cancer.

The ARS Food and Nutrition Research Briefs is offered with color photos and illustrations on the Web. By clicking the "subscribe" link on the newsletter's home page, readers can sign up for two e-mail options: They can receive the full text of the newsletter by e-mail, or simply an advisory that a new issue has been posted to the Web.

ARS is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief scientific research agency.

Last Modified: 3/28/2008
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