#FindFolicAcid near Austin, Texas
Near Austin, Texas, we found the same thing that Atlanta researchers found -- very few US brands of corn masa flour and corn tortillas contain an essential nutrient for preventing severe brain and spine birth defects.

Corn masa flour is a specially treated product used for tortillas, tamales, pupusas and other foods commonly consumed primarily by Hispanics of Mexican and Central American descent. In the United States, corn meal and corn grits labeled ‘enriched’ must contain folic acid, but this does not apply to corn masa flour. This is likely one reason that Hispanic women in the US have a 21% higher chance of having a baby with a brain or spine birth defect than non-Hispanics.

Help us see if corn masa products outside the Atlanta market are fortified with folic acid. Next time you go to the grocery store, try to find folic acid in corn masa flour and corn tortillas. It may be labeled as folate. Whether you find it or not, snap a picture of the product and the ingredient label and post it to Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook with the hashtag #FindFolicAcid (also tag FFInetwork).

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