The next time you eat a tortilla, it may come with an added benefit: folic acid. Foods that are made using corn masa flour such as tacos, tamales, and yes, tortillas may soon come with a healthy fortification of folic acid now that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has chosen to allow it. Folic acid is a synthetic form of folate which is itself a highly beneficial B vitamin. Folic acid is beneficial in helping prevent severe defects in the brain and spinal cord upon birth, particularly for women that consume it prior to their pregnancy or in the early stages of it.
Foods like tortillas that use corn masa flour are frequently consumed and found in Hispanic households yer birth defects have also remained somewhat high within the community. It’s believed that these foods may potentially be a reason why due to the FDA’s ban on fortification of products made with corn masa flour. The reason behind the FDA’s ban was the concern that the folic acid may not remain stable. After extensive scientific research, testing, and trials, it was found that the heat and production process does not significantly affect the quantity of folic acid in a fortified product through its shelf life. Manufacturers are now allowed to add up to 0.7 milligrams of folic acid per pound of corn masa.
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