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Folic acid will be added to flour to save babies from devastating medical conditions, ministers said yesterday.
The announcement is a major victory for campaigners and scientists who – backed by the Daily Mail – have been calling for the change for over a decade.
Folic - Acid - Vitamin - B9 - Development
Folic acid, which is also known as vitamin B9, is essential to healthy development during early pregnancy and a deficiency can lead to neural tube defects in the foetus such as spina bifida.
Women who are trying to become pregnant are advised to take a daily supplement of 400 micrograms of folic acid before they conceive and during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
Women - Advice - Government - Advisers - Women
But many women do not follow the advice and the Government's scientific advisers recommended as long ago as 2006 that folic acid be added to flour to ensure women do not suffer deficiencies.
Ministers are thought to have stalled for fear of a backlash over 'mass medication'.
Charities - Flour - Bread - Vitamins - Minerals
Charities point out that flour and bread already have other vitamins and minerals added to them – synthetic iron, calcium and two other B...
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