A Swedish study that was conducted recently on 73,000 women from Norway has reported that the chances of premature childbirth were not reduced, if a woman was given foliate during pregnancy. The latest findings happen to contradict the conclusion of a previous study regarding foliate and premature birth.
In that research, it was stated by authors that the chances of premature birth can be reduced by a whopping 70%, if women consumed foliate for a whole year before getting pregnant.
Talking about the latest finding, one of the authors and an official of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Dr. Verena Sengpiel, said that their research showed that consumption of foliate did not play any role in woman delivering a premature child. However, it was also found that it did not have a negating effect on a pregnancy either.
Despite the ongoing debate on this subject, it needs to be noted that doctors continue to recommend women foliate during and before the pregnancy. The recommendation is made as the nutrient helps in reducing the chances of neural tube defects.
Foliate is a naturally occurring nutrient that can be found in foods like broccoli, beans, leafy green vegetables, melon and peanuts. The synthetic form of foliate is known as folic acid, which is present in breads and cereals.