According to a large study out of Norway, folic
acid supplements, before you ever get pregnant, and continued through
pregnancy, reduce the chance of autism in your child by 40%. Only 400
mcg. You can get it in beans, lentils, peas, nuts, fruits, dark leafy green vegetables, asparagus, broccoli and citrus fruit;
but if you must, get it from fortified cereal, bread or vitamin
supplements. It also prevents spina bifida. How many nutrients are we
losing out on by eating processed foods and ignoring fresh whole foods?
We pay so little attention to women's nutrition before pregnancy, and
little enough to prenatal nutrition. But think about this ONE
supplement. And how many lives could be changed. It costs a few pennies
per person to make sure every woman gets supplements. How much does
prenatal malnutrition cost society? And each child? and their families?