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Americans Deficient In Dietary Intake Of Choline Needed for Fetal Brain Development

diets, or may not know which foods are rich in the nutrient.”

In a poll conducted in August among the adults in US, it was claimed that public are confused about Choline. According to the poll most of the Americans seem not to know as to how much choline they consume each day and do not understand its role in the human diet. It was stated that almost three-quarters of the people on whom the poll was conducted did not understand or seem to as to what function choline plays in a person's diet. The results shoed that only 14% claimed to knew how much of the nutrient they consume in a day, while the respondents over the age of 65 and between the ages of 25 to 34 were least able to estimate their daily intake.

Nutritionist Greg Paul, Ph.D., is of the opinion that the choline consumption would improve if more food manufacturers followed a recent Food and Drug Administration ruling to advertise sources of choline that are ‘Good’ or ‘Excellent’ on package labels. Paul said, “The small amount of choline found in most of today's processed foods makes it difficult for the average consumer to meet the nutrient's recommended daily intake.”

He further mentioning, “In 2001, the FDA ruled that food manufacturers could make certain claims about choline on product packages. Increasing the amount of choline in processed foods and better promoting those products that are good or excellent sources of choline are positive steps to help address this public health issue, “ He said that one of the easiest and a very cost-effective way to boost the choline levels in processed foods is to add extra amounts of soybean lecithin, which is a naturally occurring emulsifier that has for long been used as a functional food ingredient.

The study, ‘Choline Awareness in America’, was conducted by the Opinion Research Corporation's CARAVAN? on 1020 adults of the ages 18 and older between August 24 and 27, 2006, nationally. The possibility of the findings t
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