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Low-carb diets & folic acid

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

Wyeth Consumer Healthcare joins with the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition to voice concern over the low-carb diet trend's potential to increase prevalence of birth defects. With an estimated 26 mil. Americans on low-carb diets, "the public needs to know that they may not be getting enough folic acid," said Anita Boles, HMHB Executive Director and chair of the National Council on Folic Acid in a May 26 release. Boles encourages women of child-bearing age to "take a multivitamin and eat a variety of foods" to reach U.S. Public Health Service-recommended 400 mcg of folic acid per day. Wyeth says it "strongly supports HMHB's efforts." The company recently launched Centrum Carb Assist, a multivitamin targeted to low-carb dieters (1"The Tan Sheet" May 24, 2004, In Brief)...

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