London: Health experts in the UK have suggested to fortify bread with folic acid, an essential B vitamin to reduce the number of babies born with spinal defects. Experts cited the example of Chile, where births of children with neural tube defects halved after the ministry of health there made it compulsory for folic acid, or folate, to be added to flour, the `Daily Mail` reported. Spina bifida is a birth defect in which the backbone and spinal canal do not close before birth. Its symptoms include physical disabilities, developmental delay and bowel and bladder control problems. Neural tube birth defects were first linked to diet more than 50 years ago.
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