Do you love eating seasonal produce? Head to the farmers’ market to pick up some asparagus, one of our favorite springtime veggies.
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Asparagus is one of the best food sources for folate. (Folic acid is the synthetic form found in supplements and fortified food.) If you’re a woman, you’ve probably been told about the importance of getting plenty of folic acid, a B vitamin that decreases the risk of birth defects. That’s because it’s needed to make DNA and RNA, the building blocks of cells.
But even if you’re not planning on becoming pregnant, folic acid is necessary for a host of other reasons, like preventing changes in DNA that could lead to cancer. Just one cup of cooked asparagus provides 60 percent of your daily recommended intake of folic acid — and only 32 calories.
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What else do you buy at the farmers market? why do you choose to purchase there?