January 1998 Issue

Folic Acid: Once Overlooked, Now A Nutrient On The Brink Of Stardom

Check the fine print. The wrapper around that enriched loaf of wheat in your bread box is sporting a new label. As of January 1, manufacturers must add folic acid to all enriched products, including flour, bread, rolls, grits, corn meal, farina, rice; pasta and noodles. Folic acid joins fellow B vitamins, thiamin, riboflavin and niacin, and the mineral iron, all of which have been enriching refined wheat products for over 50 years.

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