Florida citrus fruit contains what many pregnant women consider to be a magical ingredient that helps keep their unborn child healthy. There’s nothing “magical” about folate, but it has been proven to decrease the risk birth defects. One of the B vitamins, folate is abundant in fresh Florida citrus fruit. Instrumental in the creation of healthy DNA, the genetic material in our body’s cells, folate is also essential to the creation of amino acids, protein’s building blocks.
If women consumed the recommended daily dose of folate before becoming pregnant and while pregnant, the American Dietetic Association says up to 75% of traumatic spine and brain birth defects in newborn infants could be prevented.
The folate found in Florida citrus fruit also promotes heart health and can decrease your risk of developing coronary heart disease. Eating fresh Florida oranges every day of your pregnancy to protect your baby’s health is a delicious habit you can follow for the rest of your life to protect your own health.
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