Researchers found that specific fruits and vegetables rich in plant compounds known as flavonoids may significantly reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s dementia.
A Frying Oil That is Good for Heart Health?
As partially hydrogenated oils are removed from the food supply due to their negative effects on human health, ARS scientists are researching whether oil replacements have lower risks for health issues, such as coronary heart disease.
ARS scientists with the Food Components and Health Laboratory in Beltsville, MD, studied how high-oleic soybean oil (HOSBO), an oil with high amounts of monounsaturated fats (the good fats) that is used for baking and frying foods, modifies LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) and other risk factors and biomarkers of coronary heart disease in comparison to other oils with similar functional properties. In one study, scientists found that diets containing HOSBO blended with fully hydrogenated soybean oil beneficially affected lipid and lipoprotein profiles associated with reduced coronary heart disease risk compared to diets containing palm oil and palm kernel oil. They also found that diets with HOSBO and fully hydrogenated soybean oil have minimal to no effect on inflammation, blood pressure, and body composition.
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An Apple a Day May Keep Alzheimer’s Away
Fighting Foodborne Illness
ARS scientists in collaboration with researchers at the University of Georgia, developed a series of algorithms capable of effectively predicting the prevalence of Salmonella.
Keep Cool and Stay Fresh
Researchers developed a cool new intervention technology involving the use of cold plasma and hydrogen peroxide aerosols.
Rethinking the Old Adage About Oil and Water Not Mixing
A stabilizer created using corn starch and vegetable oil opens the door to all sorts of useful food-grade and industrial applications.
Turning Poison Ivy Against Itself
Scientists have developed and are testing a derivative of urushiol that could help desensitize the skin of individuals susceptible to poison ivy dermatitis.