This week is Folic Acid awareness week. Folic acid, also known as vitamin B9, is an important vitamin needed for the formation of new red blood cell. It is an important vitamin for the human body because it’s deficiency may cause anemia. It also plays a role in the formation of DNA and helping body cells to replicate.
Folic acid intake is very crucial in pregnant women since it’s needed for the development of the fetus’s spine and nerve cells, which decreases the risk of spina bifida (spinal malformation).
Folic acid naturally found in food is called folate. Sources of folic acid include spinach, kale, asparagus, cabbage, broccoli, beans and legumes, oranges, whole grain foods, poultry and fortified foods like breakfast cereals. Since folic acid is a water-soluble vitamin, it’s lost when boiling, so it’s advisable to steam instead of boil (as a cooking method).
Folic acid deficiency may lead to symptoms like: weakness, weight loss, loss of appetite, headaches, diarrhea and depression, so make sure you include those folic acid foods we mentioned into your diet.
If you are interested in a folic acid styled diet, you can always contact Diet Center for consultation and menu preparation.