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Latest ARS Food & Nutrition Research Briefs Available in English--and Spanish

By Marcia Wood
February 14, 2007

New research findings about nutrition, food safety, new foods and other topics of interest to health-conscious Web viewers are now ready to read in both English and Spanish in the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) online newsletter, ARS Food & Nutrition Research Briefs or Informe de investigaciones de alimentos y nutrición.

The informative, user-friendly newsletter is posted on the World Wide Web at:



This issue marks the first time that the newsletter, published in English for more than two decades, has been made available in Spanish.

The Food & Nutrition Research Briefs is offered with full-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 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.

Among other findings, the current issue reports that:

  • An intriguing blueberry compound shows promise for fighting cancer, according to results from tests with mouse liver cells;
  • A second rinse, cooler than the first, may help egg processors protect in-shell eggs from pathogens such as Salmonella, Campylobacter and Listeria;
  • A plump, juicy and seedless grape called Autumn King may extend—into early winter—the season for U.S.-grown white seedless grapes;
  • A device that gently measure's baby's fat is helping researchers create growth charts for the two-and-under set; and
  • Frequently eating "fatty" fish such as salmon or sardines may help forestall mental deterioration.

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