Monday, November 18, 2013

Foods That Don't Have Folic Acid (Folate)

On rare occasion you may find yourself prescribed a low folate (folic acid) diet perhaps after mtx treatment. While this doesn't seem like a big deal to cope with - you soon find that folic acid is in almost everything - especially on a vegetarian diet. Here is an accounting of some food ideas for when you can not eat folic acid.

  • Apples - while very nutritious apples do not have folic acid (one of the few fruits that you can eat on a low folate diet)
  • Cheese - not so low-fat but an oked food on the low folic acid diet
  • Potato Chips - most regular potato chips have zero or very low folic acid
  • Potatoes - guess what the plain old potatoes also should have zero folic acid
  • Greek Yogurt - well I guess regular yogurt too - but who likes that drippy stuff :) - yogurts often have no folic acid - though make sure you arent adding in ingredients high in folate like black cherries or other fruits or nuts or grains
  • Chocolate - have at it - no folic acid to fear here
  • Beverages - including soda, apple juice, water, coffee, and milk
  • Tofu - unless fortified with folic acid should have zero folate
  • Beef / Chicken / Pork - for you carnivores you should have much less trouble on this diet
  • Sweets - most candy and sugar sweets are zero on the folic acid scale

If you find yourself on this diet - good luck - I never thought I would get sick of cheese - but after only two days on this diet I could go a long time without it.

1 comment:

  1. This info should be updated because folic acid and folate are different substances and the terms are not interchangeable. In fact, synthetic folic acid is harmful to roughly 40% of the population, due to a MTHFR gene defect which limits the amount of folic acid the body's enzymes can process. The unmetabolized folic acid builds up in the blood, raising homocysteine to toxic levels, thus raising risk for heart attack, stroke, blood clots, multiple miscarriages, autism, nerve damage, brain atrophy, autoimmune disorders, anxiety, depression, IBS, other vitamin deficiencies, etc.



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