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The folic acid activity of some milk foods for babies

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 June 2009

J. E. Ford
The National Institute for Research in Dairying, Shinfield, Reading
K. J. Scott
The National Institute for Research in Dairying, Shinfield, Reading


Folic acid activity was determined for National Dried Milk and for 5 proprietary dried milk foods for babies, for a proprietary liquid milk baby food and for 8 brands of tinned evaporated milk. For comparison, values were determined for mature breast milk, for raw bulk cow's milk, for bottled pasteurized cow's milk and for goat's milk.

Human milk and raw and pasteurized cow's milk all had much the same folate activity, equivalent to about 54 µg folic acid/1. Values for goat's milk were much lower, around 6 µg/1.

Values for the reconstituted baby milks ranged from 9 to 65 µg/1, though only 2 of the products had markedly lower values than breast milk. The question is discussed whether the folic acid requirement in infants can be met by formulas based on cow's milk without having recourse to folic acid supplementation.

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Copyright © Proprietors of Journal of Dairy Research 1968

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