|Description:||This image depicts a bright red ceramic plate atop which was set a portion of uncooked, thoroughly-washed spinach leaves, adjacent to which three pieces of cooked beef liver had been placed. See PHIL 14813, for an image depicting this cooked liver in its raw state.|
Like legumes, green leafy vegetables, including this spinach, as well as 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.