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Elevating Awareness and Intake of Choline: An Essential Nutrient for Public Health

Caudill, Marie PhD, RD; da Costa, Kerry-Ann PhD; Zeisel, Steven MD, PhD; Hornick, Betsy MS, RD

doi: 10.1097/NT.0b013e31822dff64
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Emerging science has revealed that choline plays important roles in health throughout the life cycle with potentially serious health consequences associated with inadequate choline intakes. Recent national consumption data indicate that the vast majority of Americans are falling short of recommended intakes. Increased education, including recommendations to consume more choline-rich foods, is needed to improve choline intakes for optimal health

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Marie Caudill, PhD, RD, is an associate professor, Division of Nutritional Sciences and Genomics at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

Kerry-Ann da Costa, PhD, is a research assistant professor, Department of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Steven Zeisel, MD, PhD, is a Kenan Distinguished University Professor in Nutrition and Pediatrics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Director of the University of North Carolina Research Institute, Kannapolis.

Betsy Hornick, MS, RD, is a nutrition writer and consultant in private practice, specializing in food, nutrition and health communications, Poplar Grove, Illinois.

This work was supported by the Egg Nutrition Center and American Egg Board.

The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Correspondence: Betsy Hornick, MS, RD, 3016 Fairchild St, Poplar Grove, IL 61065 (

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.