Prevention of folate deficiency by food fortification. IV. Identification of target groups in addition to pregnant women in an adult rural population

N. Colman, E. A. Barker, M. Barker, Ralph Green, J. Metz

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Abstract

In a rural Negro population subsisting on a predominantly maize meal diet, the incidence of folate deficiency was 43.8% in nonanaemic women in late pregnancy, 32.1% in nonpregnant women, and 18.6% in adult males. More than one third of all subjects older than 60 were deficient. No instance of unequivocal vitamin B 12 deficiency was revealed in 431 subjects sampled, and it is considered that the hazards of giving a small daily dose of folic acid in this population are negligible. These findings warrant food fortification with folic acid in this and similar population groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)471-476
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Volume28
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1975
Externally publishedYes

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Folic Acid
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Vitamin B 12 Deficiency
corn meal
African Americans
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Prevention of folate deficiency by food fortification. IV. Identification of target groups in addition to pregnant women in an adult rural population. / Colman, N.; Barker, E. A.; Barker, M.; Green, Ralph; Metz, J.

In: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 28, No. 5, 1975, p. 471-476.

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