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Red Cell Folate Testing

Unwarranted and Overutilized in the Era of Folic Acid Supplementation


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Selected Food Sources of Folate and Folic Acid*

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November 2010

The term "folate" is utilized when referring to the naturally occurring forms of folate, while "folic acid”" refers to forms used in food and drink supplementation. Folate is found naturally in raw leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, dried beans and peas. Widespread fortification of foods with folic acid makes it difficult to not have adequate folate status; breakfast cereals and pasta are routinely consumed food products in the United States and have some of the highest fortification concentrations, as noted by the starred items in this table.

Food Sources of Folate and Folic Acid*


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