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Folic Acid in Your Diet

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Folic acid (sometimes called folate or folacin) is a B complex vitamin found in many vegetables, beans, fruits, whole grains, and fortified breakfast cereals.

Folic acid may reduce the risk of some cancers, but current evidence suggests that it is best consumed along with the other nutrients in fruits, vegetables and other foods.

Guidelines on Diet, Nutrition, and Cancer Prevention, the American Cancer Society stated: "Current evidence suggests that to reduce cancer risk, folic acid is best consumed along with the other nutrients found in fruits, vegetables, and other foods."

Fruits and Vegetables High in Folic Acid:

Vegetables for folic acid

  • Cabbage
  • Black-eyed peas
  • Endive/escarole
  • Grapefruit
  • Guava lettuce
  • Limes
  • Mango
  • Oranges
  • Papaya
  • Peanuts
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Tangerines

Health Tip

Many women begin researching folic acid before or during pregnancy. Iron is another essential nutrient for women in their second and third trimesters, due to the body's increased blood volume. Talk to your doctor about folic acid or an iron supplement for pregnancy.

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