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Folic Acid Everyday

Folic Acid Everyday!

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Folic Acid Everyday!

How much do you know about Folic Acid? Here is our Folic Acid Top 10.

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Find Tasty Recipes! Eat Your Greens and Beans! Foods like leafy greens, broccoli, beans and avocado are high in folate! Here are recipes high in folate.

Facts About Spina Bifida

Spina Bifida is the most common permanently disabling birth defect in the United States. Learn more about Spina Bifida and how to prevent it with our Spina Bifida Fact Sheet.

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The Telegraph

Adding folic acid to bread and flour would save hundreds of babies, say health experts

The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition is calling for folic acid to be added to bread and flour

Folic acid should be added to bread and flour to prevent hundreds of babies being born or aborted every year with diseases like spina bifida, health experts have urged.

Although pregnant women have been urged to take folic acid supplements for decades the rates of

neural tube defects – birth defects of the brain, spine or spinal cord – have not fallen.

“Implementing advice to add folic acid to flour would reduce the risk of birth defects, such as spina bifida, in pregnancy”
Dr Alison Tedstone, Public Health England

The Food Standards Agency has recommended that folic acid be added to bread and flour, like in the US, but the government has still not acted on the advice.

In research published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), experts from the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN), said voluntary measures were failing.

 

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