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24 October 2016

Pregnant women are well aware of the benefits of folic acid supplements

Pregnant women are well aware of the benefits of folic acid supplements, but did you know that this B vitamin may have positive health effects for the general population, too? New research based on a large amount of data shows that the consumption of food that has been artificially fortified with folic acid has lead to a significant reduction in the rates of various types of congenital heart disease in Canada. In 1998, the Canadian government made it mandatory for folic acid to be added to flour, enriched pasta and cornmeal.

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