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Folates in foods: reactivity, stability during processing, and nutritional implications.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2692610     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Nutritional deficiencies are eminent at all socioeconomic levels of the world population and have created a critical need for a reevaluation of the nutritional quality of the food supply. A particular group of vitamers, collectively referred to as folates, has received a great deal of attention due to their significance in human metabolism, their prevalent deficiency worldwide, as well as their complexity of analysis. Severe folate deficiency may result in megaloblastic anemia and is generally attributed to low dietary intake, although it may also result from malabsorption. Such concerns have instigated increased interest in food-fortification programs. In order to ensure appropriate levels of nutrient fortification and optimization of food processes for maximum folate retention, it is of great importance to have a basic understanding of the kinetic behavior of individual vitamers with respect to processing parameters and various environmental conditions. This article reviews kinetic stability of folates as affected by processing conditions, discusses problems associated with current methodology for folate analyses, and integrates this information with the nutritional aspects of folates.
J G Hawkes; R Villota
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Critical reviews in food science and nutrition     Volume:  28     ISSN:  1040-8398     ISO Abbreviation:  Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr     Publication Date:  1989  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1990-03-09     Completed Date:  1990-03-09     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8914818     Medline TA:  Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  439-538     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Food Science, University of Illinois, Urbana.
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MeSH Terms
Folic Acid*
Food Handling*
Nutritional Physiological Phenomena*
Reg. No./Substance:
59-30-3/Folic Acid

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