This month we’re going to focus on a unique B vitamin that is an essential part of our diet and health; folate.
Folate aids in the production of new cells, is a preventative measure against heart disease, and helps keep us energized throughout the day.
All of us need a healthy, daily dose of folate, but this is especially true of pregnant women or women wanting to get pregnant. Another superpower of folate is its ability to protect against certain birth defects of the brain and spine.
So, where can we find folate?
When you think folate, think ‘foliage’. Dark, leafy greens will provide you with the greatest amount of folate per serving. Foods like spinach, kale, Romaine lettuce, and asparagus are great ways to incorporate folate into your diet. Citrus fruits like melon, strawberries, and oranges as well as beans, nuts, and seeds are also great sources of folate.
Folic acid, is another term for folate. Folic acid is often added to many breakfast cereals like MALT-O-MEAL and Multigrain Cheerios and bread.
This is just another good reason to start your day off right by eating breakfast in the morning!