FDA’s Folic Acid Policy A Success, Report

A new study demonstrates that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has
scored a policy success through getting the dosage for folic acid fortification
of flour right in the US, and any excessive intake is people is due to
supplement usage, according to the opinion piece in the American Journal of
Clinical Nutrition.

An overwhelming body of evidence links folate deficiency in early pregnancy to
increased risk of neural tube defects (NTDs) – most commonly spina bifida and
anencephaly – in infants.

This connection led to the 1998 introduction of public health measures in the US
and Canada, where all grain products are fortified with folic acid – the
synthetic, bioavailable form of folate.

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