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18/12/2015 at 15:54
We've been reading a new study that strongly suggests the government should make flour manufacturers put folic acid in their flour – like many other countries do – to help prevent babies in the womb developing serious neural-tube defects, such as spina bifida.
And we're wondering what you think?
The Department of Health already recommends that we take folic-acid supplements both when we're trying to conceive and during the first 3 months of pregnancy.
But the experts who've published this new study say that, actually, up to 70% of us don't manage to take the supplements regularly enough or early enough in pregnancy. (We're imagining that's because loads of us don't actually know we're pregnant for a fair few weeks, do we - especially if it's not planned?)
Currently, 78 countries in the world fortify flour with folic acid but the UK doesn't. And, every year in the UK, about 150 babies a year develop neural-tube defects (and many of them are stillborn or terminated, as a result).
So, do you think the Government should pass a law, making it compulsory to add folic acid to flour? Obviously, that could be expensive for the flour manufacturers – and might possibly raise the price of bread a bit – but do you think it's worth it?
Please do let us know what you think by adding a post to this thread. We'd love to hear your views.
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