HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Folic Acid Fortification Effective In Cereal Grains

BETHESDA, Md.--The addition of folic acid to cereal grain products, required Jan. 1, 1998, by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), effectively increases intake of this important B vitamin in adults, according to a new study published in the December American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

"The absorption of folic acid from fortified white and whole wheat bread, rice, and pasta, was consistently good in the seven men and seven nonpregnant women who participated in the study," said senior author Jesse F. Gregory III, Ph.D., Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, who was involved in the study with three associates. "The components of the cereal grain foods did not significantly interfere with the absorption of the added folic acid."

On January 1, 1998, U.S. manufacturers of enriched cereal grain foods are required to add folic acid at a concentration of 1.4 micrograms per gram to their products. This FDA requirement is based on a recommendation from the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) that all women of childbearing age consume 400 micrograms of folic acid per day to reduce their chances of having a baby with a neural-tube defect (any congenital defect involving the brain and spinal cord).

"Nationwide food-consumption surveys suggest that the average daily folate intake for women of child-bearing age is 180 to 200 micrograms per day," said Dr. Gregory. "That is well below the PHS recommendation."

Another benefit of adding folic acid to cereal grain products, according to the study's senior investigator, is the possibility of reducing homocysteine concentrations in the blood of individuals, which could lessen their risk for several forms of heart disease.

The 14 study subjects, who were 20 to 35 years old, participated in 7 trials of folic acid intake. Each individual had normal blood chemistry, hematologic indexes, and serum and blood folate c
'"/>

Contact: Jesse F. Gregory, III, PhD
352-392-1991
American Society for Clinical Nutrition/American Society for Nutritional Sciences
3-Dec-1997


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Folic acid vitamin use by women reaches all-time high, March of Dimes survey finds
2. Folic acid may have no immediate impact on Down Syndrome
3. Folic acid-iron supplements reduce risk of low birth weight
4. Folic acid supplements not linked to multiple births
5. Folic acid supplements and fortified breakfast cereals can reduce homocysteine levels and ischemic heart disease risk
6. American Heart Association Comment: The Effect Of Folic Acid Fortification On Plasma Folate And Total Homocysteine Concentrations
7. Folic Acid Lowers Risk Of Cardiovascular Disease
8. Americans Urged To Consume More Folic Acid
9. New Analytical Methods Indicate Higher Folic Acid Concentration In Beans And Peas
10. Fortification of food supply with folic acid
11. Effective acne treatments remain elusive, Hopkins researchers find

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:1/4/2017)... , Jan. 4, 2017  For the thousands of attendees at ... global leader in connected health and biometric measurement devices and services, will ... On display in A&D Medical,s special CES Exhibit Suite ... the ongoing expansion of the company,s WellnessConnected product platform.  ... ...
(Date:12/20/2016)... , Dec. 20, 2016 The ... sharing, rental and leasing is stoking significant interest ... radio frequency technology, Bluetooth low energy (BLE), biometrics ... as the next wave of wireless technologies in ... access system to advanced access systems opens the ...
(Date:12/16/2016)... 16, 2016 The global wearable medical device market, in ... 2021 from USD 5.31 billion in 2016, at a CAGR of ... ... technological advancements in medical devices, launch of a growing number of ... connectivity among healthcare providers, and increasing focus on physical fitness. ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:1/12/2017)... ... ... Huffman Engineering, Inc. , a leader in control systems integration, today ... office as a chemical engineer. In his new role, Beck will use his ... science manufacturing and water/wastewater industries. , Prior to joining Huffman Engineering, Beck served for ...
(Date:1/12/2017)... , January 12, 2017 A new report published by ... Users - Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2014-2022," projects that the global in ... 2015, growing at a CAGR of 15.07% during the forecast period. ... ... ...
(Date:1/11/2017)... ... January 11, 2017 , ... Ovation Fertility™ ... and reliable preimplantation genetic screening (PGS). , “Our genetics and IVF teams are ... Fertility Genetics Scientific Director Amy Jones, M.S., ELD (ABB) , who has ...
(Date:1/11/2017)... , ... January 11, 2017 , ... ... year and costing healthcare systems more than $23.7 billion, healthcare systems are ... , Among the most common sepsis-causing pathogens are bacteria and the yeast ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: