What Do Falling Folate Levels Have To Do With Low-Carb?

Filed under: Study — @ January 6, 2007

Here we go yet again with the obvious media bias against low-carb!

Have you seen the merciless beating the low-carb diet is taking in the press right now after the release of a new Centers For Disease Control (CDC) study showing the important B complex vitamin folate levels in women has dropped somewhat in recent years causing health atrocities in younger women like birth defects? The coverage of this story is pretty disgusting if you ask me.

Here’s what they’re saying about the alleged low-carb connection:

“Low-carb diets may hit levels of folate.”

“Blood levels of folate in young women are dropping, a disturbing development that could lead to increased birth defects and may be due to low-carb diets.”

“Experts suspect diets are to blame for the drop. And breads fortified with folic acid have fallen from favor in low-carb diets.”

“Low-carb diets have increased in popularity since 2000. Women who avoided flour and bread products for their carbohydrates may have also taken in less folic acid.”

What’s with all the emphasis on livin’ la vida low-carb and lower folate levels? Well, it seems one of the primary sources of folic acid is in fortified whole grain breads which are generally avoided by people watching their carbohydrate intake, right? True enough, but health officials at the CDC call this a “disturbing” trend that MUST be the result of low-carb diets.

Um, here’s a question for you. If the source of folic acid that women should be consuming is some bread products that have had folic acid ADDED to them, then why can’t women simply take a supplement that gives them adequate amounts of folic acid to begin with rather than eating the bread to begin with? I mean DUH!

Most people who are livin’ la vida low-carb are already supplementing their diet with things like calcium, potassium, fiber, and more. Why don’t these women just add a folic acid vitamin pill to the mix? Gee, now there’s a thought!

Click here to read more about why the CDC is making this shameless connection to falling folate levels with low-carb diets.


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