What’s New With VitaCholine
A New Reference Daily Intake for Choline!
On July 26, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration’s Revised Nutrition labeling Final Rule went into effect. There are a number of changes (you can find the FDA summary here), but one positive change for better nutrition is that the FDA proposed a Reference Daily Intake (RDI) of 550 milligrams of choline for adults. Here’s some of the important news for consumers:
Most People Don’t Get Enough Choline Through Diet Alone
For detailed research on choline inadequacy, click here to see a recent study published in the Journal of American College of Nutrition that uses data collected in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
The Many Benefits of Choline
What Does 550mg of Choline Look Like?
One of the reasons that many people aren’t getting enough choline may be that excellent dietary sources, like liver and egg yolks, have fallen out of favor in recent years.
Other excellent sources, like wheat germ cereal, can be hard to find in mainstream grocery stores. With meat and eggs providing high amounts of choline, it’s particularly important for vegetarians and vegans to find alternative ways to ensure they are getting enough choline.
Keep Your Eye Out for Choline on Food & Supplement Labels
For food products, choline can now be voluntarily declared on the Nutrition Facts panel and for dietary supplements, choline is now on the required list of ingredients that must be declared if it is present in amounts equal to or greater than 2% of the daily value (11mg). You can learn more about the choline labeling requirements in this press release.
Finding Good Dietary Sources of Choline
Liver and eggs are the best sources of choline, but fish, tofu. and vegetables like lima beans, broccoli, cauliflower and brussels sprouts are also good sources. The USDA maintains a nutrient database that you can use to check other commonly found foods and beverages, which you can find here.
Supplements or fortified foods that include the VitaCholine brand of choline salts may also help you increase your intake. Click here for more information on where to buy.