Daily Challenge Tuesday Aug. 09, 2011

Healthy Behaviors
Healthy Behaviors

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Healthy Behaviors is about lifestyle habits, namely healthy eating and physical activity, which have proven connections to lifelong health and disease prevention.

Everyday Well-Being

Eat 1 food with folate or folic acid, like dark, leafy veggies; citrus fruit; or fortified cereal.

How to do it

Today, have one food that contains folate or folic acid. Folate is naturally found in dark green, leafy veggies; dried beans and peas; and citrus fruits and their juices. Many grain products like breads, cereals, and pastas may also be fortified with folic acid, the synthetic version of folate. The Recommended Daily Allowance for folate changes based on whether or not a woman is pregnant or lactating; visit http://ods.od.nih.gov/facts... to see a chart with guidelines.

Why it matters

Folic acid is important in the creation of new red blood cells, and research studies show that it may play a part in helping to prevent certain kinds of cancers. It also significantly lowers the risk of brain and spinal cord defects in a developing fetus.

Fun fact

Medieval artists extracted green pigment from spinach to use as an ink or paint.

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