ARS scientists studied how high-oleic soybean oil--an oil with high amounts of monounsaturated fats--modifies LDL cholesterol in comparison to other oils.
Keep Cool and Stay Fresh
Fresh fruits and vegetables are an essential source of nutrition for humans. However, these products are sometimes at risk of contamination from pathogens and harmful microorganisms as they make their way down the supply chain. To address this potential vulnerability, ARS researchers with the Food Safety and Intervention Technologies Research Unit in Wyndmoor, PA, developed a cool new intervention technology involving the use of cold plasma and hydrogen peroxide aerosols. The scientists found that when properly applied, this combination was almost 100 percent effective in eliminating harmful microbes – such as Salmonella and Listeria – from the surfaces of fresh fruits and vegetables. In addition, this new process of developing hydrogen peroxide aerosols had no impact on the appearance, color, texture, or nutritional quality of the fresh produce.
Ultimately, this new method of postharvest intervention not only increases food safety throughout the supply chain, but also improves consumer access to fresh fruits and vegetables like apples, cantaloupes, lettuce, and tomatoes.
Explore Other Discoveries
A Frying Oil that is Good for Heart Health?
An Apple a Day May Keep Alzheimer’s Away
Researchers found that specific fruits and vegetables rich in plant compounds known as flavonoids may significantly reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s dementia.
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.
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.