Waste not, want not

  • Albany, CA - Waste Not, Want Not

Good food going bad is a sad thing when many people are going hungry, but ARS researchers at the Healthy Processed Foods Research Laboratory in Albany, CA, have addressed that issue with a common food waste to make more healthful foods available. The researchers developed an ultraviolet-B light treatment to transform mushroom-stalk waste into a new vegetarian ingredient with a high level of vitamin D. When applied as a film coating to fruit bars and fresh-cut melons, the colorless, tasteless, edible powder helps preserve quality and safety and increases shelf life.

Human clinical trials proved the bioavailability of vitamin D in these mushroom films. Many commercial companies are using this process and are even selling mushroom powders to consumers as a healthy source of vitamin D.

Explore Other Discoveries

Allergy Research
A Treatment for Peanut Allergy

Releasing the world’s first treatment for peanut allergy.

Read More
walking
Walking to Better Health

People in their 70s and 80s can improve their mobility and function by walking 30 minutes a day.

Read More
A Quick Way To Spot Zika in Mosquitoes

ARS scientists have developed a new test to quickly detect Zika virus in mosquitos.

Read More
cows
Science Shows Less Can Equal More

Raising beef cattle without antibiotics may not reduce levels of antimicrobial resistance.

Read More