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ARS Food and Nutrition Research Briefs Issued

By Kim Kaplan
July 8, 2009

Adding a moderate, but not high, amount of walnuts to an otherwise healthy diet may help older individuals improve performance on tasks that require motor and behavioral skills. That's among the new nutrition and health findings noted in the most recent issue of the Agricultural Research Service's Food and Nutrition Research Briefs and its Spanish-language edition, 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:

  • A patent has been filed for new technology called "crossflow microfiltration membrane separation," which is more effective than thermal pasteurization at removing pathogens from liquid egg products.
  • A new database—the Dietary Supplement Ingredient Database—has been developed to improve estimates of the U.S. population's nutrient intakes based not only on the beverages and foods people consume, but also on their dietary supplement intake.
  • Dietary curcumin, a bioactive component in curry and turmeric, could stall the spread of fat tissue by inhibiting new blood vessel growth, called angiogenesis, which is necessary to build the tissue.

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 principal intramural scientific research agency.

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