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New folic acid seal helps women choose enriched grain foods to help prevent birth defects
Date:1/11/2008

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The Folic Acid for a Healthy Pregnancy seal will make is easier for women to choose foods that are healthy for them and their babies, said Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March of Dimes. Folic acid is the most important vitamin women can take to help prevent serious birth defects of the brain and spine, and its most important that they start taking it before they get pregnant and continue to take it after.

According to the SRBI survey, two-thirds of women believe that whole wheat and multi-grain breads contain the most folic acid. Only 12 percent of women perceive enriched white bread as having high levels of folic acid, despite the fact that it actually has twice as much folic acid as whole grain or whole wheat bread.

These survey results demonstrate the need for women to better understand how to get specific nutrients through their diet, noted Judi Adams, MS, RD and president of the Grain Foods Foundation. Enriched grains are an easy, inexpensive and delicious way for women to get essential vitamins such as folic acid.

The March of Dimes urges all women of childbearing age to consume 400 micrograms of folic acid daily beginning before pregnancy and continuing into the early months of pregnancy. Bread, crackers, bagels, pasta, pretzels and tortillas made from fortified, enriched white flour are popular and important sources of folic acid.

January is Birth Defects Prevention Month and January 7-13, 2008 marks Folic Acid Awareness Week. Both initiatives share the goal of increasing awareness of the importance of folic acid in preventing birth defects.

Survey Methodologies

Schulman, Ronca & Bucuvalas, Inc. (SRBI) fielded the study on behalf of Grain Foods Foundation from October 17-22, 2007, using SRBIs national in-house telephone center. A total of 602 interviews were conducted with women between the ages of 18-54 (300 Hispanic, 302 non-Hispanic). A sample th
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Contact: Elizabeth Lynch
elynch@marchofdimes.com
914-997-4286
March of Dimes Foundation
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