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50 years ago, folate deficiency was linked to birth defects

Excerpt from the December 9, 1967 issue of Science News

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DAILY DOSE Although folate was required for all enriched grain products in the late 90s, and other foods are naturally folate rich, some women — especially those in minority groups and of low socio-economic status — still aren’t getting enough.

Folic acid

Pregnant women who do not have enough folic acid — a B vitamin — in their bodies can pass the deficiency on to their unborn children. It may lead to retarded growth and congenital malformation, according to Dr. A. Leonard Luhby…. “Folic acid deficiency in pregnant women could well constitute a public health problem of dimensions we have not originally recognized,” he says. — Science News. December 9, 1967

Update

Folic acid — or folate — can prevent brain and spinal cord defects in developing fetuses. Since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration required that all enriched grain products

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