Has anything been done to increase folic acid consumption?

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Yes, the FDA has implemented regulations that require manufacturers to return the vitamins (including folic acid) that are lost during the processing of grains. The results of surveys conducted in the US showed that people were not getting enough folic acid in their diets. In 1998, manufacturers began following the regulations and the folic acid content of foods increased. These foods are called "enriched." Today, most American diets provide recommended folate amounts.

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