How about Choline?
Another nutrient I've been noticing that is always coming up quite low in my tracking in Cron-o-meter is Choline. In fact it's been SO low, that I got worried and started taking a Choline supplement.
Anyone else notice this? Any vegan suggestions for it?
A tablespoon (8 g) soy lecithin About 250 mg choline 60 calories
A pound (454 grams) of cauliflower 177 mg choline 104 calories
A pound of spinach 113 mg choline 154 calories
A cup of wheat germ 202 mg choline 432 calories
Two cups (0.47 liters) firm tofu 142 mg choline 353 calories
Two cups of cooked kidney beans 108 mg choline 450 calories.
A cup of uncooked quinoa 119 mg choline 626 calories.
A cup of uncooked amaranth 135 mg choline 716 calories
A grapefruit 19 mg choline 103 calories
3 cups (710 cc) cooked brown rice 54 mg choline 649 calories
A cup (146 g) of peanuts 77 mg choline 828 calories
A cup (143 g) of almonds 74 mg choline 822 calories
I wouldn't worry about it. All of the RDAs are designed to cover 97.5 percent of all people and you don't actually need to get every nutrient every day. you also look pretty small. also, your absorption is probably better than those eating sad since your vegan.. and the RDAs are based off of SAD eaters.
"Our bodies can't make enough of the B vitamin choline if we are low in it and a second B vitamin, folate. "
I wanted to highlight this so perhaps your anxiety will be lessened. Choline is synthesized by the body. My guess is that being vegan you're getting plenty of folate. You're probably not as low as you think and probably not even low at all.
I understand the desire to strive for a healthy diet, but you're obsessing about being perfect. Eating a wide variety of whole healthy foods should cover you. I do appreciate the idea that since you have some restrictions in what you can eat that you track your diet to see what you need to fix, but try not to obsess and don't waste your money on a choline supplement.
What Hespy says is true. We don't need 100% of our requirements on a daily basis, variety over the course of several days promotes health.
Is your diet varied or do you tend to eat the same thing on most days? If you include many different foods throughout several weeks you would most likely balance out over the course of those weeks for everything that was necessary--unless you're avoiding nearly or all of one food group, or eating all junk which it definitely doesn't sound like you are.
It's not really my business and I understand this is the place for nutrition related posts but this topic and the other one about another nutrient or vitamin kind of makes me worry about you. It seems like these things are really causing you alot of anxiety. Just want to put that out there in case you need to chat or anything.
Yikes, I had heard that eggs were linked to colon cancer in women, but I didn't realize it was the choline itself in eggs and dairy that were!
Ofcourse, being vegan takes care of that. But does excess choline itself cause it? Let's remember that the RDA are set by studying isolated nutrients. I'd be concerned about taking a choline supplement. Small amounts of whole plant food choline are probably much better utilized by the body than isolated synthetic supplements just to reach the "RDA".
I'm still reeling about this choline thing myself. I am still a semi-vegetarian hanging out here to hopefully be convinced to go full vegan. I was steeped in the Dr. Mercola/Traditional Foods/Jordan Rubin circle for 4 years so it is hard to mentally let go of all animal products. I already made the connection that that diet made me sick, as I was healthy before then ended up with a bout of parasitic/yeast colitis that lasted 1.5 years. I should have realized that came about after 3 years of eating 2 eggs every day for breakfast thinking it was good for me. Colon health is a bigger concern for me than fatty liver, so choline is not something I will overdue.