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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 What is Folate?Folate is a B vitamin that is naturally present in many foods.Its used in dietary supplementsand fortified foods. It is a micronutrient as well as a water soluble vitamin. What are sources of Folate?Rich sources of Folate includespinach, dark leafy greens, milk,certain types of beans (lima, soy, etc.), whole grains, milk, and orange juice. What does Folate do?Folate helps the body break down and convert the food we eatinto energy. Its needed by the body to make and maintain cells. Folate converts a type of amino acid into an essential nutrient needed to reduce the risk of heart disease. Hey! Want to learn about Folic Acid? Read this! Folate Deficiency?Adults should get 0.2mg of Folic Acid a day. If you take too much, it can disguisea Vitamin B12 deficiency. This deficiency createsa condition in which the body doesn't have enough healthy blood cells.If left untreated,it can damage the nervous systems. Pregnant women need 400mcg before and after pregnancy. Folate is also know as...Vitamin B9Folic Acid Folic Acid Statistics -Each year there are 3,000 pregnancies affected by Spinal Bifida,which is a neural tube defect (NTD) caused by the incomplete closing of the spine and skull. -An estimated 1,000 more babies are born healthy since fortification of Folate. -50%-70% of these NTDs could be prevented if womentook 400mcg of folic acid daily, before and after pregnancy. -In 2007, a survey showed that among all women of childbearing age: *40% took Folic Acid daily *81% were aware of Folic Acid. *12% knew that Folic Acid should be taken before pregnancy -The lifetime cost of care for a child born with Spinal Bifida is estimated to be $560,000 Government Regulations ~The U.S FDA requires manufacturers to add folic acidto enriched breads, cereals, rice,flours, cornmeals, pastas, and other grain products. ~This fortification program was meant to increase folic acid intakes by 100mcg per day, but instead increasedit by 190mcg per day. ~The Canadian government has also required the addition of folic acid to grains like white flour,enriched pasta, and cornmeal. ~Costa Rica, Chile, and South Africa alsohave mandatory folic acid fortification programssimilar to the U.S.
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