Choline: An Essential Nutrient - RD139

Choline: An Essential Nutrient

by Katie M. Dodd, MS, RD, CSG, LD
(4.5 / 56 ratings )

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

Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00


Would you be surprised to learn that choline intake is inadequate in 90% of the U.S. population? Certain groups are of particular concern: women of childbearing age and men and women older than age 70. Since choline was only identified as an essential nutrient in 1998 and the first United States Department of Agriculture database containing the choline content of food was not published until 2004, the study of choline consumption and the effect of low intakes on health was difficult to determine. Newer research has shown that common genetic differences called polymorphisms make people susceptible to choline deficiency and affect as much as 50% of the population. There is an increasing need to raise awareness of suboptimal intakes of choline to healthcare professionals and consumers and a need to counsel clients and patients 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 information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify the essential role of choline and explain how a low choline intake can have long-term effects on health
  • Discuss the problem of low choline intake for large portions of the U.S. population
  • Identify foods that are rich in choline

Accreditation Information
The course is intended for nutrition professionals
Relias LLC, is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Continuing Professional Education Provider Accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of a provider, program or materials. This course is a Level 2 course. Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 2020, 2090, 4030, 4180 and performance indicator 4.1.1. 
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: 6/24/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 6/24/2022

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

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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ANN P. R - CINCINNATI, OH  ·  Sep 18, 2019
very informative. I work pediatrics and women who are pregnant. This provided useful information to share with my patients
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JoAnn N - Detroit, MI  ·  Jul 23, 2019
Excellent identification of choline excesses and deficiencies
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Tiffany M - Tallahassee, FL  ·  Apr 17, 2019
I enjoyed this educational piece very much
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Clarissa I - Phoenix, AZ  ·  Dec 02, 2018
New knowledge to me and enjoying reading it.
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SUSAN B - South Shore, KY  ·  Nov 12, 2018
I found it very difficult at times to understand
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Price: $20.00
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