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Food and Nutrition Research Briefs

New Issue of ARS Food and Nutrition Research Briefs Now Online

By Kim Kaplan
January 31, 2014

Eating breakfast—or skipping it—may significantly influence a child's ability to solve math problems, according to a study funded by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS). This is among the new nutrition and health findings noted in the most recent issue of the ARS 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:

• The Structural Database of Allergenic Proteins database can be used to predict if people allergic to one type of nut may also be allergic to another type of nut.

• ARS scientists are looking at olive powder and other plant compounds as a way of controlling foodborne pathogens such as Escherichia coli O157:H7.

• Prepping raw french fries for three minutes with infrared heat may lower the food's oil uptake by about one-third.

ARS Food and Nutrition Research Briefs is offered with 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.

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