Panel on Folate, Other B Vitamins, and Choline

Type: Consensus Study
Topics: Biomedical and Health Research, Children and Families, Diseases, Food and Nutrition, Public Health, Select Populations and Health Equity, Women's Health
Board: Food and Nutrition Board

Activity Description

This panel reviewed the scientific literature on folate and its synthetic form (folic acid) and on other B vitamins to evaluate human requirements and relationships with chronic conditions, and examined dietary and supplement intake data for these vitamins. The review also included consideration of other food components and factors that affect bioavailability of these nutrients. 

Based on the analysis of the information, the panel proposed:

  • dietary reference intakes that consider both good nutrition throughout the life span and reducing risk of developmental abnormalities and chronic disease and
  • research needed to fill the gaps identified.

Based on the panel's findings, the Food and Nutrition Board's Standing Committee on the Scientific Evaluation of Dietary Reference Intakes compared final recommendations and issued the report.

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