storkI recently found out that I will become a grandmother in June. Ordinarily, a new pregnancy makes me wonder about the folic acid intake of the new mom. But since Chef Adam RD is the dad I know that I don’t have to worry.

Folic Acid (or Folate if coming from a food source) is a B vitamin that protects a developing fetus from neural tube defects like Spina Bifida. The main difference between a prenatal vitamin and a general multivitamin is the folic acid content.

Strawberries, leafy green vegetables and orange juice are great sources of naturally-occurring Folate. Thanks to the advocacy work of the March of Dimes, folic acid is added to grain-based foods like rice, pasta and cereals in the United States, providing a layer of protection for the fetus before the pregnancy is even suspected.

I know that my grand-baby is off to a good start.

About nadineandadamblog

Nadine and Adam are mother and son. Nadine lives in Florida where she has provided outpatient MNT in a large healthsystem for the past 20 years. In addition, she teaches nutrition to second and third year family medicine residents. She is a past-spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Adam lives in Washington State. His career has largely been involved in recipe development and food production. He is currently developing recipes and menus for the Seattle schools to meet the new federal guidelines for school nutrition programs and he does outpatient nutrition counseling. He is also a voice in PSAs over Seattle radio representing the Washington Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
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