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Folate status in women drops

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announce in its Jan. 5 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report median serum folate concentrations of non-pregnant women of childbearing age dropped 16% from 1999-2000 through 2003-2004. The researchers conducted household interviews and physical examinations as well as collected blood samples. The researchers found median serum folate concentrations among women aged 15-44 years dropped from 11.4 ng/mL (2001-2002) to 10.6 ng/mL (2003-2004). One explanation cited by CDC is a decreased consumption of "foods rich in natural folates or foods fortified with folic acid." CDC notes "in a 2005 survey, 26% of women 18 to 45 years old reported dieting during the previous six months, and approximately 27% of dieters reported following low-carbohydrate diets; such diets might result in reductions in the amounts of fortified foods consumed"...

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