Hispanic Moms at a Higher Risk of Having Babies With Neural Tube Defects

June 23, 2014 1:46 PM

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Hispanics is one of the fastest growing ethnic group in the U.S. as these women have babies each year than any other racial or ethnic group. Children born to these women have more serious birth defects of brain and spine - neural tube defects.

The researchers assume the disparity occurs due to lower intake of folic acid among the Hispanic women. Wheat flour in the U.S. is fortified with folic acid but corn masa flour, which is a staple diet, is not fortified with folic acid. Prior to pregnancy, the Hispanic women are less likely to consum...

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