Reported folate intake in women of child-bearing age in Chennai, India.
Adequate folate folate /fo·late/ (fo´lat)
1. the anionic form of folic acid.
2. more generally, any of a group of substances containing a form of pteroic acid conjugated with l-glutamic acid and having a variety of substitutions. intake in women of child-bearing age reduces prevalence of NTD NTD Neural tube defect, see there . A descriptive non-experimental design was employed to report folate intake using a researcher-developed food frequency questionnaire of 60 items based on Indian foods and food habits. Participants included 287 pregnant and non-pregnant volunteers ages 17 to 40 years residing in Chennai; 7 subjects were excluded due to incomplete questionnaires (n=280). Almost half of the subjects (n=126) were pregnant; 55%(n=154) were non-pregnant. Average daily folate intake was calculated using Nutritive nutritive /nu·tri·tive/ (noo´tri-tiv) nutritional.
1. Of or relating to nutrition.
2. Nutritious; nourishing. Value of Indian Foods (1996). Statistical analyses for means, standard deviations In statistics, the average amount a number varies from the average number in a series of numbers.
(statistics) standard deviation - (SD) A measure of the range of values in a set of numbers. , standard error, sample t tests, analysis of variance, were performed using SPSS A statistical package from SPSS, Inc., Chicago (www.spss.com) that runs on PCs, most mainframes and minis and is used extensively in marketing research. It provides over 50 statistical processes, including regression analysis, correlation and analysis of variance. , version 5.0. Mean reported folate intake for pregnant women was 290.2ug+80.2; mean reported folate intake for non-pregnant women was 237.6ug+82.3. Using a sample t test, reported folate intake of pregnant subjects was significantly higher (p<0.001) than in non-pregnant subjects. There was no significant difference in reported folate intake due to age; however, subjects with higher income (>Rs8000) and more education (>6-12 years or higher) reported greater folate intake (p <0.001 and < 0.0029, respectively). Comparison of reported intakes of folate to the Indian RDA RDA
recommended daily allowance
Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA)
The Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) are quantities of nutrients in the diet that are required to maintain good health in people. of 400ug for pregnant and 100 ug for non-pregnant women indicate that the pregnant subjects did not meet the standard, while the non-pregnant women exceeded the 100 ug standard. However, folate intake of the non-pregnant women fell below the 400ug periconceptional intake recommended by the Indian Medical Research Council.