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How Much Do You Know About Folic Acid?

Try your hand at this quiz. Read each question and then click the button to the right of the answer you think is correct.  If you want more information before selecting your choice,  just click the HINT button beside the question.

Good Luck!

1. Folic acid is: Hint    

a) a B vitamin
b) a form of vitamin C
c) a substitute for vitamin E
d) a mineral

2. Folic acid reduces the risk for: Hint  

a) spina bifida
b) anencephaly
c) neural tube defects
d) all of the above

3. Women of childbearing age should consume: Hint

a) 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid everyday
b) 200 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid everyday
c) 400 milligrams (mg) of folic acid everyday
d) 0.4 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid everyday

4. All of the following are ways to be sure that you are getting enough folic acid everyday EXCEPT: Hint

a) 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid everyday
b) eat a bowl of cereal with 100% of the DV (Daily Value) of folic acid
c) take a folic acid supplement
d) eat a cup of broccoli

5. Spina bifida and anencephaly: Hint

a) are neural tube defects
b) are among the most common preventable birth defects
c) result in varying degrees of damage to the spinal cord and nervous system
d) all of the above

6. About how many pregnancies are affected by spina bifida and anencephaly each year in the U.S.? Hint

a) 100
b) 500
c) 2,000
d) 3,000

7. In order to help prevent neural tube defects, folic acid must be taken: Hint

a) after a woman discovers she is pregnant
b) has her first prenatal visit
c) before and during the first few months of pregnancy
d) during the third trimester

8. While it's important to eat a healthy diet, the EASIEST way to get the right amount of folic acid everyday is to: Hint

a) eat 2 cups of whole grains
b) eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables
c) drink a quart of milk
d) take 400 micrograms of synthetic folic acid

9. A woman should be taking folic acid if she: Hint

a) is planning a pregnancy
b) is capable of becoming pregnant, even if she is not planning a pregnancy
c) thinks she might become pregnant sometime in the future
d) all of the above 

10. Now that you are an expert on folic acid, you should Hint

a) make sure to take a multivitamin containing folic acid everyday
b) eat foods rich in folate, and foods fortified with synthetic folic acid
c) tell a friend about the importance of folic acid
d) all of the above

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Date: July 27, 2005
Content source: National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities


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