Folic Acid

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A B-vitamin that is naturally present in some foods such as broccoli, beans, bread, Brussels sprouts, corn, lentils, oranges, and spinach. It is also present in other foods that have been fortified with folic acid, such as whole grains for cereals, rice, pasta, and enriched breads. Also known as folate, this vitamin is an important nutritional requirement because it has been clinically shown to reduce the risk of complications from pregnancy (pre-eclampsia and neutral tube defects leading to birth defects), risks of cardiovascular and similarly related diseases, as well as various cancer risks like breast, lung, cervical, throat, and mouth cancers. Folate consumption has also been linked to higher levels of depression among individuals who have low levels of folate intake. A daily intake of .4 milligrams has been suggested for women who are or may become pregnant.

USDA Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 cup
Calories101
Protein3g
Total Fat0g
Total Carbohydrates19g
Cholesterol0mg
Serving Size1 cup
Calories146
Protein6g
Total Fat0g
Total Carbohydrates30g
Cholesterol0mg
Serving Size1 serving 5 mints
Calories404
Protein1g
Total Fat11g
Total Carbohydrates76g
Dietary Fiber2g
Sugars66g
Sodium1mg
Cholesterol0mg

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