Quiz – Fill Up On Folate

 Folate (and its synthetic form, folic acid) is essential for the human body, working along with vitamin B12 and vitamin C to help use and create new proteins as well as helping to form red blood cells and produce DNA. But this water-soluble vitamin cannot be stored in the body and must be continuously supplied in the foods we eat. Take this quiz to learn more about folate and why everyone, but especially pregnant women, needs to make sure they are getting their fill. Answers are below:

1. Folic acid is a type of B vitamin, and is the man-made form of folate that is found in supplements and added to fortified foods.
 A. True
 B. False

2. All of the following are functions of folate EXCEPT:
 A. Helping tissues to grow
 B. Helping cells work
 C. Causing weight loss
 D. Preventing certain birth defects
 E. Preventing anemia

3. Folate occurs naturally in which of the following foods:
 A. Dark green leafy vegetables
 B. Dried beans and peas (legumes)
 C. Citrus fruits and juices
 D. All of the above

4. Consuming too much folic acid can be detrimental to your health.
 A. True
 B. False

5. Women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant should take at least __ micrograms of folic acid supplement every day.
 A. 65
 B. 80
 C. 150
 D. 300
 E. 400

Answers:

 1. A. True. Folate is a generic term for both naturally-occurring folate found in foods and folic acid.
2. C. Causing weight loss. While folate deficiency may cause poor growth, it is not a factor for weight loss.
3. D. All of the above. While many foods such as enriched breads, flours, cereals, and pastas are fortified with folic acid, they do not have naturally-occurring folate.
4. B. False. Too much folic acid usually doesn’t cause harm, because the vitamin is regularly removed from the body through urine.
5. E. 400 is the minimum, and up to 600 micrograms may be recommended for certain women. There is good evidence that folic acid helps reduce the risk of certain birth defects, including spina bifida and anencephaly. 

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