Test your nutrition IQ: On choline
By Sam McManis
http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Dietitians tell us choline is an "essential nutrient," which we have no reason to doubt. But why is it that not many of us know about choline? Take our quiz to learn more.
1. Choline is found in specialized fat molecules called phospholipids, which are important, in part, for doing what?
a) Inhibiting excess serotonin
b) Stimulating nerve impulse transmission
c) Enabling the clotting of blood
2. What is considered the most severe symptom of a lack of choline?
a) A buildup of fat and cholesterol leading to "fatty liver"
b) A higher incidence of tissue inflammation and arthritis
c) Dangerously low enzyme levels that lead to kidney failure
3. What is the "adequate intake" for choline for an adult, according to the Food and Nutrition Board of the
a) 100 milligrams a day for men, 75 mg for women
b) 300 mg for men, 250 mg for women
c) 550 for men, 425 mg for women
4. Which food provides the highest level of choline?
a) Red meat
b) Whole eggs
c) Mashed yeast
5. If you're a vegan and do not ingest animal products, what's the best choline-rich food for you at 172 mg per serving?
a) Toasted wheat germ
b) Braised tofu
c) Green beans
6. Too much choline (10 to 16 grams per day) can result in what condition?
a) Fishy body odor
b) Increased salivation
ANSWERS: 1: b; 2: a; 3: c; 4: b; 5: a; 6: c
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