Even though women are recommended to take folic acid as a supplement in their child-bearing years and in particular when they are pregnant, it is also important for men and children to have a good intake of folic acid.
Foods Containing Folic Acid
There are many foods that contain the natural form of folic acid (folate) – some of which stem from the original meaning of the word and are contained in leafy green vegetables. So although things like broccoli and brussels sprouts do have a good amount of folic acid in them, they are not the foodstuffs with the highest concentration of folic acid. One of the foods that has the most amount of folic acid is chicken liver. In fact in a reasonably normal sized portion of chicken liver you can get up to 200% of your recommended daily allowance of folic acid (400 mcg).
Some Foods Are Fortified With Folic Acid
In addition to naturally occurring folic acid in food, there are also some foods that have been fortified with folic acid – most notably breakfast cereals and in some countries (including the US) in flour and in bread products.
So there are a number of ways of getting your daily dose of folic acid even if you don’t actually take folic acid supplements.