You commonly hear how important folate is for women in their childbearing years. This is because research has proven time and time again that folate is critical in reducing risks of neural tube defects. Studies also show that folate can help reduce your risk of breast cancer. Now knowing this information, you may be wondering how to incorporate more folate into your diet.
Some great sources of folate, include:
- Legumes (black beans, kidney beans, black-eyed peas)
- Leafy green veggies (spinach, broccoli)
- Fortified grains
Take care when cooking and storing these items though, heat and oxidation can destroy as much as half of the folate in foods.
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October 7th, 2008