It is estimated that over 7% of the UK population is vegan, a percentage that looks like it is going to continually grow over the next couple of years. With an increased interest in vegan diets, more and more researchers are looking into the availability of nutrients of those that follow plant based and vegan diets.
In a study published recently, the nutrient Choline appeared to be in low levels in those following vegan diets compared to those following a meat based diet. Choline is a nutrient that is linked to improving liver function, as well as helping transfer signals between nerve cells.
Typically, choline is found in egg, milk and beef; sources of which would be exempt from a vegan based diet.
The recommended ‘adequate intake’ of choline recommended by the US is 425mg for women and 550mg per day for men.
However, there are some vegan sources of choline which include (and are not exclusive to);
- Roasted soya nuts
- Brussels sprouts
With planning, it is possible to reach the RDA of vitamins and minerals whilst following a vegan diet. However, sometimes it could be easier to have a simple and effective effervescent tablet to add to water to get all of the much needed nutrients in one tasty drink.
Opalbond are currently developing a great tasting vegan effervescent tablet purely targeting the vitamins and minerals that vegans may have more difficulty obtaining; with emphasis on choline, iron, vitamin B12 and calcium.
If you would like to have a bespoke supplement targeting the specific needs of your vegan customers, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be delighted to help.