View Full Version : Food Fortification Not Keeping Up Folate Levels

Scott Kustes
01-08-2007, 05:36 AM
Food Fortification Not Enough to Prop Up Female Folate Levels (http://www.medpagetoday.com/PrimaryCare/DietNutrition/dh/4813)

Could it be that the focus of our diet has shifted from foods naturally rich in folate to foods with synthetic folic acid fortification?

They claim that it's not that fortification doesn't work and pass the buck off on other things....maybe they're right, but maybe they're not.
"More likely explanations include 1) changes over time in the proportion of women taking supplements containing folic acid, 2) decreased consumption of foods rich in natural folates or foods fortified with folic acid (i.e., enriched cereal-grain products), 3) variations in the amounts of folic acid added to enriched grain products since fortification was mandated, and 4) increases in risk factors associated with lower folate concentrations such as obesity."