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Trendy vegan diets could be putting the IQ of the next generation at risk, a leading nutritionist has warned.
Dr Emma Derbyshire said the growing fad for 'plant-based' diets risks creating mass deficiency in choline – a dietary nutrient that is critical to brain development.
Choline - Meat - Fish - Eggs - Dairy
Choline, found in meat, fish, eggs and dairy products, is particularly important in pregnancy, when it contributes to the healthy growth of a baby's brain.
Dr Derbyshire, writing in the BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health journal, warned of the 'unintended consequences' of moving away from diets based on meat and dairy.
Evidence - Choline - Importance - UK
'The mounting evidence of choline's importance makes it essential that it does not continue to be overlooked in the UK,' she said.
'This is now more important than ever given that accelerated food trends towards plant-based diets/veganism could have further ramifications on choline intake.'
'We - Risk - Brain - Power - Generation
She added: 'We are at risk of dumbing down the brain power of the next generation. Plant-based diets are great and brilliant for the environment.
'But in terms of reducing intake of choline - which is vital for foetal brain development - no-one had given it much thought.
Train - People - Meat - Eggs - Women
'The train is moving so fast, and more people are ditching meat and eggs. But it could leave many women of childbearing age deficient in this key...
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