Failure to fortify

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How companies are neglecting to take a simple step that could save Latino/a/e lives

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) recommend consuming 400 micrograms (mcg) of Dietary Folate Equivalents (DFE) per day for adults who are not pregnant and 600 mcg DFE for people who are pregnant. To reduce the risk of neural tube defects (NTDs), the DGA, the National Academy of Medicine, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that all people capable of becoming pregnant consume 400 to 800 mcg of folic acid (a synthetic form of folate) from a dietary supplement or fortified foods each day, in addition to folate obtained from a varied diet.

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