During National Folic Acid Awareness Week

women of childbearing age are being encouraged to take a daily multivitamin and to eat foods rich in folate before becoming pregnant to prevent birth defects in their newborns. The U.S. Public Health Service recommends that all women of childbearing age consume 400 micrograms of folic acid by taking a multivitamin daily and eating fortified grains. Fortified grains include enriched cereals, pasta, rice, bread, dried beans and peas. Peanut butter and orange juice also are good sources of folic acid. For more information about folic acid, visit the National Council on Folic Acid's Web site, www.folicacidinfo.org, or call 303-692-2700.

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