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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.
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Debra Cartagena
Creation Date:2012
Photo Credit:Debra Cartagena
Links:CDC – Public Health Grand Rounds; Prevention of Neural Tube Defects – The Scope of the Problem
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