Nutrition: Folic Acid—Benefits, Risks, and Food Fortification
J. M. Jones. St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN, U.S.A. Cereal Foods World 55(4):206-208.
In her last column, Jones addressed folic acid and its benefits for pregnant women and their offspring. Specifically, the column focused on: a) folate for women at childbearing age and folate’s role in preventing both neural tube defects and other fetal abnormalities and learning and behavior problems in the offspring, and b) the possible benefits of folic acid for cancer prevention. This column continues the discussion of folate by addressing its effect on cognition and mental functioning and heart disease. Finally, the article will address the pros and cons of fortification.