Choline is involved in memory, mood, muscle control, and other brain and nervous system functions, but animal products are not the only source of it, and nor are they the most healthful.1
The New England Journal of Medicine published a study looking at egg consumption and found that TMAO (a byproduct of dietary choline) can lead to greater risk for heart attack, stroke, and death.2
Another study in the journal Circulation also linked choline to increased risk of heart disease. But the authors found that participants who followed a vegan or vegetarian diet were protected against the harmful effects of choline.3
And there are plenty of plant sources to choose from. Choline is present in many foods including cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and Brussels sprouts, wheatgerm, peanuts, mushrooms, quinoa, peas, kidney beans and baked beans, and you absolutely can meet all your choline needs on a vegan diet.
When it comes to protecting brain power, one study found that aging adults who consumed more than 2.8 servings of vegetables per day had significantly slower rates of mental decline than those who ate fewer servings.4 Plant-based is great for the brain!
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