In four months, bakers will be forced to begin putting a synthetic form of folic acid into almost every loaf made in New Zealand.This seems pretty different from mass vaccination schemes to me - it's pretty hard to opt out if it is made compulsory for bread to include folic acid, plus it's aimed at a very small proportion of the population, namely pregnant women who are not already taking an appropriate supplement. And it seems there may be some unintended consequences downstream in terms of other health issues that could be exacerbated. Oddly enough I've never heard that there is any relationship betwen folic acid intake and colon cancer in discussions about pregnant women taking it. This concern only seems to be coming up now that a wider section of the population could be at risk. Hopefully that's just because it's new research.
...The plan aims to reduce the number of brain-damaged babies, although the fall may be a few as four a year.
But new research shows folic acid may cause an increase in colon cancer cases. And another study suggests it may cause colon cancer to grow faster.
Dear readers I know there are many of you out there who know about sciencey things, and definitely about pregnancy health stuff. What say you; should our bread be folated or not?