#Folic#acid fortification in #UK
Government strats consultation to add #folicacid to flour in the UK to help prevent birth defects like #spinabifida
👉why folic acid is important
This vitamin is essential for fetus brain development. It is recommended that women should take 400 micrograms of #Folic acid before conception and continue upto first 3 month as baby’s brain and spinal cord developed in first 12 weeks.
👉but it is reported that around 1,000 pregnancies are affected by Neural tube defects due to lower intake of folic acid and over 40% are fatal.
👉Despite voluntary fortification, data from the last 9 years shows folate intakes of women who could become pregnant have continued to decline and are particularly low in areas of deprivation.
➡️This mandatory Fortification would also help the wider population meet recommended folate intake levels and could helpful to prevent around 200 birth defects a year.