Egg nutrient gets recommended daily intake level

By Noli Dinkovski

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Choline: most commonly found in eggs, it is often classified with the B vitamin complex
Choline: most commonly found in eggs, it is often classified with the B vitamin complex

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Choline, a little-known nutrient that has been shown to benefit pregnant women and babies, has for the first time been given a recommended daily intake level by European Food Safety Authority.

Most commonly found in eggs, choline is often classified with the B vitamin complex as it has some similar functions.

Essential nutrient

It was officially recognised as an essential nutrient by the US Institute of Medicine in 1998, with a recommended intake of 425mg. The new European Adequate Intake (AI) level is for 400mg daily.

Recent research has shown that the central nervous system is particularly sensitive to a lack of choline, with effects on the structure of the brain and spinal cord, as well as cognition.

An average medium size egg provides 144mg of choline.

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