Folate vs Folic Acid (food or supplements)

The name for this vitamin and the word foliage both come from the same latin word “folium”, which means leaf, immediately giving us a hint as to what foods this nutrient might be found in: leafy greens!

Folic acid is the synthetic lab-concocted version of folate that is used in supplements and fortified foods. Folate is the original, natural version of folic acid: the one found naturally occurring in food. The two are chemically different from one another in ways that science does not yet fully understand! (i.e. we are being experimented on, as usual)

Good sources of folate include asparagus, avocados (I’ll never become deficient! haha!) beans, oranges, beetroot, cashews, legumes, kiwifruit, kelp, almonds, nutritional yeats, sprouted lentils, quinoa, sunflower seeds, spinach, mung bean sprouts. It’s also added artificially to many, many foods, such as breakfast cereals, bread, flour, pasta, rice and corn meal. Continue reading