Choline: An Essential Nutrient - RD139

Choline: An Essential Nutrient

by Densie Webb, RD, PhD
(4.5 / 48 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (1.00 CPEU)

Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00


The first USDA nutrient database of the choline content of foods was published in 2004 and expanded in 2008. Prior to the release of these databases, the study of choline consumption and the effect of low intakes on health was difficult to determine. Recent analyses using these databases discovered that choline intake is inadequate for a large percentage of the U.S. population, including older children, men and women of all ages, and pregnant women. Of particular concern are women of childbearing age and both men and women over the age of 70. Plus polymorphisms leave as much as 50% of the population susceptible to choline deficiency. The recent understanding of the role of epigenetics in health and the critical role played by choline in our health, make this an important nutrient that often gets overlooked. Clients and patients should be counseled to include choline-rich foods in their diets. 


The goal of this continuing education program is to provide nutrition professionals with information about the role of choline and raise awareness of the lack of choline in most Americans’ diets. After studying the material presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify the essential role of choline and explain how low choline intakes can have long-term effects on health
  • Discuss the problem of low choline intakes for large portions of the U.S. population
  • Identify foods that are rich in choline

Accreditation Information
The course is intended for nutrition professionals
OnCourse Learning is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider (#GD001) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). This course is a Level 2 course. Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 2020, 2090, 4030, 4130, 4150, 4160, 4180.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 4/1/2011
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/5/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 9/30/2018

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Amita D - Jacksonville, FL  ·  Jan 05, 2018
survey is picky. clinical vignette is unnecessary. there cannot be one answer fits all situations.
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Lyn H - Raleigh, NC  ·  Aug 04, 2017
It is very interesting, I just started hearing about this which is why I took this module
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Dana C - Lees Summit, MO  ·  Apr 11, 2017
Excellent, well written and informative course!
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Deborah C - cincinnati, OH  ·  Aug 31, 2016
valuable information for health professionals working with prenatals
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maria f - VERONA, PA  ·  Aug 18, 2016
It was a bite Difficult, But through. Excellent introduction into the Importance of Choline as a significant essential Nutrient. Suggestions follow material closely.
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Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00