USA Rice Federation Partners with National Council on Folic Acid to Promote National Folic Acid Awareness Week
Research shows that folic acid, a form of the water-soluble B-vitamin folate found in fortified foods and supplements, offers protection against birth defects, heart disease, certain cancers and Alzheimer’s disease. Yet many Americans, including one in three women, fall short of the 400 micrograms recommended for daily intake by the US Public Health Service.
“We are excited to be working with the National Council on Folic Acid to help to increase awareness about the importance of folic acid, and to offer rice as a nutritious, cost-effective, and tasty way to help adults and children meet recommended intakes,” says
Just 1 cup of cooked enriched rice delivers 92 of the daily recommended 400 micrograms, or 23% of the Daily Value (DV). Rice, the grain that nourishes half of the world’s population, also contributes over 15 essential nutrients to the diet, and is especially rich in B-vitamins, potassium, magnesium, selenium (brown), fiber (brown) and iron.
“As a coalition committed to improve health by promoting folic acid, we are pleased to have the support of the USA Rice Federation,” says
Folic acid is important at all ages, and is especially important during times of growth because of its role in making and maintaining new cells. Taking folic acid before pregnancy reduces the risk of birth defects of the brain and spine, called neural tube defects, by up to 70%. In addition to its role in healthy pregnancy outcomes, folic acid has been shown to play a role in disease protection and healthy aging. Benefits include protection against birth defects, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.
The National Council on Folic Acid (NCFA) is a partnership of national organizations and associations, state folic acid councils and government agencies whose mission is to improve health by promoting the benefits and consumption of folic acid.
The USA Rice Federation is the national advocate for all segments of the rice industry, conducting programs to build awareness and usage of U.S.-grown rice. Nearly 85% of the rice that is consumed in the U.S. is grown here. Farmers in
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For information on folic acid, visit www.folicacidinfo.org.
CONTACT: Melissa McAllister Anne Banville Pollock Communications USA Rice Federation 646-277-8711 703-236-1465 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
SOURCE USA Rice Federation