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What is Choline?

Nutrition Tip

posted by Research Admin 1 on 2019-01-30 14:08:01.318

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

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 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.

To find out more, go to: https://foodinsight.org/what-is-choline-essential-nutrient/