Vegan diet lacks critical brain nutrient? Nope.Watch
https://metro.co.uk/2019/08/29/vegan...bies-10649018/ (this one has plural nutrients when it's only one!)
A few days ago, many news outlets(including the ones above), have asserted that a vegan diet could lack a critical brain nutrient called choline. So I went to the read the article that was in the British Medical Journal, that all these newspapers were referencing to.
https://nutrition.bmj.com/content/ea...ph-2019-000037 = it's not a study, but it does include sources.
It turns out that the article has competing intrestes... "Competing interests:*ED is a member of the Meat Advisory Panel which receives an educational grant from the meat industry."
Hmm, funded by the meat industry. Not surprised.
She also previously sat on a "Choline Advisory Board", I wonder if they receive funding from choline supplement companies🙄😂😂
as well as being part of a company called "nutritional insights" which can conduct "research" for your company and write biased(this is not what it actually says, lol) articles on it. https://www.nutritional-insight.co.uk/services/
But should we all be worried about choline on a vegan diet?
Alex White, an assistant Nutrition Scientist at the*British Nutrition Foundation*told Euronews Living that choline deficiency is “very rare” and “if a vegetarian or vegan diet is healthy, varied and balanced, then it will provide some dietary choline and we know that there can be a number of health benefits of following a more plant-based diet”. White also added that it was “important to eat a range of plant foods to ensure enough of nutrients like iron, zinc, calcium and vitamin B12 are consumed”.
Heather Russel, a registered dietician working with*The Vegan Society*said “You do not need to take a choline supplement when you switch to totally plant-based nutrition if you eat a balanced and varied diet containing plenty of minimally processed plant foods. The evidence base shows that this way of eating can support excellent health”. In a statement, they also added that the*British Dietetic Association*shares the message that vegan diets can contain enough choline explicitly saying that “you absolutely can meet requirements with a vegan or plant-based diet”.
Below I will link a chronometer for an average male on a relatively "balanced" vegan diet to get RDA and how much choline they get. I don't really know how to use the app v well, haha. Or much about the app and nutrition at all.
One of the many anti vegan propaganda in mainstream media...