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The Research Briefs is a quarterly newsletter containing the latest ARS findings in human nutrition, food freshness and safety, and new foods and varieties.
Included in this issue:
Its no secret that people need ample calcium and vitamin D to maintain strong bones, even in their twilight years. Now, a study suggests that protein may be important in reducing bone loss in elders.
Planning a cookout? To be on the safe side, youd be wise to check the internal temperature of those ground beef burgers with a meat thermometer instead of relying on color.
Cayenne pepper--a popular spice for flavoring food--contains a compound that kills several noxious fungi and yeasts, including Candida albicans. But it doesnt hurt human cells, so a company is testing its potential as a candidate drug for treating patients with fungal infections.
A small dose of sodium chlorate--oxidized table salt--fed to pigs before slaughter could reduce the chance of foodborne illness. The compound selectively kills the pathogens Salmonella typhimurium and E. coli O157:H7.