Folate – Important for healthy babies and a healthy heart!

Folate – Important for healthy babies and a healthy heart!

Health and Fitness Tip of the Day – January 28th, 2009

Folate is important in the prevention of birth defects and heart disease. Are you consuming enough? Folate is a B vitamin found in dark green leafy vegetables, dried beans and certain fruits such as oranges and strawberries. Meeting the daily requirement of 400 micrograms per day can be easy if you make sure to consume at least 2 cups of fruit and 2-1/2 cups of vegetables every day.

Most cereals, pasta, breads and grain products are now fortified with folic acid, another form of folate. For a folate-filled meal, have pasta with asparagus or mix beans with rice. Also, include a variety of fruits in your eating plan. The benefits of folate are worth every bite.

Tip courtesy of the American Dietetic Association. http://www.EatRight.org

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