Preventing Neural Tube Defects with Foods High in Folate.

Preventing neural tube defects (NTDs) is vital to fetal health. Vitamin B9, folate, prevents several birth abnormalities. These folate-rich meals can lower NTD risk:  

Spinach, kale, collard greens, and other leafy greens are high in folate. Use them in salads, smoothies, soups, and sautés.  

Beans, lentils, chickpeas, and peas are protein and folate-rich. They go in soups, stews, salads, bean dips, and spreads.

Avocado: Delicious avocados contain folate and other minerals. Serve avocado slices on sandwiches, salads, and smoothies.  

Folate and vitamin C-rich citrus fruits include oranges, grapefruits, lemons, and limes. Eat them as a snack or squeeze fresh citrus juice on salads or seafood. 

Broccoli: This nutrient-dense vegetable includes folate and other vitamins and minerals. Enjoy it steamed, roasted, or stir-fried as a side or in casseroles and pasta.

Sunflower Seeds: These delightful, healthful snacks contain folate, good fats, and protein. For extra nutrients, sprinkle them on salads, yogurt, or porridge.

In addition to eating folate-rich foods, pregnant women should take a prenatal vitamin with folic acid to ensure their baby's neural tube development is healthy.  

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