NC A&T University

New grant for dietary research approaches half a million

January 25, 2012

By ag e-dispatch

Dr. Shengmin Sang, lead scientist for functional foods at the Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies, has received a $490,000 grant from the USDA to research the connection between diabetes and flavonoids, which are a group of compounds found in fruits, vegetables, herbs and teas. Sang’s project was deemed “outstanding” by the USDA’s competitive Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), and was among 7 percent of the submitted proposals earning that designation. Recent research in Sang’s functional foods lab at the North Carolina Research Campus indicated that flavonoids could minimize complications of diabetes.

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