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Folic Acid During Pregnancy May Lower Risk of Childhood Obesity

Experts have long advised women to take folic acid (a B vitamin) during pregnancy to prevent neural tube defects in their babies.  A new study recently published in JAMA Pediatrics has found another possible benefit of this vitamin: sufficient intake of folic acid by mothers during pregnancy may reduce the risk of obesity in their children later in life.

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“Folic acid may be especially beneficial for obese mothers. Among obese mothers with the lowest folic acid levels, the risk of obesity in their children more than tripled. But in children of obese mothers, the risk for obesity was 43 percent lower if their mothers were in the top three-quarters for folic acid levels than if they were in the bottom one-quarter.” Read more.

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