|Description:||This image depicts a yellow ceramic plate atop which was set a portion of uncooked, freshly-purchased beef liver, that was about to be cooked and made ready for proper, safe consumption. See PHIL 14814, for an image depicting this uncooked beef liver after having been properly cooked.|
Like legumes, green leafy vegetables, some fruits, and whole grains, beef liver is a food that is considered a good source of folic acid, also known as folate or vitamin B9. Folic acid is an important vitamin involved in proper neural tube formation in a pregnant woman’s developing fetus. To a developing fetus, a deficiency in folic acid can lead to the onset of a congenital birth defect known as spina bifida.