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ARS Food and Nutrition Research Briefs Issued

By Kim Kaplan
July 20, 2011

A study showing that Escherichia coli is not likely to contaminate field-grown leafy greens internally is among the new nutrition and health findings noted in the newest issue of the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Food and Nutrition Research Briefs and its Spanish-language edition (Informe de investigaciones de alimentos y nutrición).

View the English edition here.

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

Among other findings, the current issue reports that:

  • Spinach leaves exposed to continuous light during storage were more nutritionally dense than leaves exposed to continuous dark.
  • Hamsters had lower cholesterol when they were fed rations spiked with blueberry peels and other blueberry-juice-processing leftovers.
  • A new technique could decontaminate clams, mussels, and oysters of viruses while protecting the mollusks' flavor, texture, and color.

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