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New Research on Choline

by Tia Rains, Ph.D. | Jan 17, 2018
Choline is hot! In 2016, the Food and Drug Administration established a Reference Daily Intake value for choline of 550 mg. Then in June of 2017, the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates recommended the addition of choline to prenatal vitamins because of its essentiality in promoting cognitive development of the offspring.

This was followed in August by a study that showed that more than 90% of pregnant women (as well as adults in general) do not consume recommended intakes of choline. 


Now the story continues. This month, Dr. Marie Caudill and colleagues at Cornell University published evidence that infants exposed to higher levels of maternal choline (930 mg/day) during the third trimester have improved information processing speed during the first year of life, an indicator of cognition and intelligence. Similar studies have been conducted in rodents and shown that the cognitive effects of maternal exposure to choline last beyond infancy. Whether the same will be observed in humans remains to be determined. But one thing is clear: there’s much to learn about the role of choline in brain development. Hopefully this study will be a catalyst for other scientists to start unraveling the unknowns about this previously underappreciated nutrient.

Reference: Caudill MA, et al. Maternal choline supplementation during the third trimester of pregnancy improves infant information processing speed: a randomized, double-blind, controlled feeding study. FASEB. 2017 E-pub

 

Rose AcreTM Recipe of the Month

Chocolate Krinkle Cookies
        
          
Ingredients:
  • cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup vegetable
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup icing sugar
Instructions:
  1. Combine sugar, cocoa and oil in large bowl; with electric mixer, beat until combined and appearance resembles wet sand. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Beat in vanilla.
  2. Stir together flour, baking powder and salt in small bowl. Add to cocoa mixture, beating to mix evenly.
  3. Cover and refrigerate cookie dough for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  4. When ready to bake, spray cookie sheet with cooking spray or line with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
  5. Scoop heaping teaspoonsful of cookie dough; roll into balls. Place in icing sugar and roll to coat completely. Place 10 to 12 balls on prepared cookie sheet about 2 inches (5 cm) apart.
  6. Bake in preheated 350°F (180°C) oven until surfaces of cookies crack and interiors still look slightly moist, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on wire rack. Repeat with remaining cookie dough.


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