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What is Choline?

Nutrition Tip

posted by Research Admin 1 on 30 January 2019

Post by Allison Webster, International Food Information Council (US) Food Insight, 23 January 2019


  • Choline is an essential nutrient involved in brain and nervous system function, cell membrane support, making DNA, fat transport and metabolism.
  • The Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Medicine has established Adequate Intakes and Tolerable Upper Intake Levels for choline, which vary depending on sex and age.
  • Animal-based foods are rich in choline. Cruciferous vegetables, legumes and the emulsifier lecithin also provide choline.
  • Although choline deficiency is rare, most people do not consume the recommended amounts. Pregnant and breastfeeding women have particularly high choline needs and many do not get enough.

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