Kelly Plowe, MS, RD is a food and nutrition communications expert. As a registered dietitian, Kelly helps consumers put health and nutrition research into practice. Kelly spends most of her free time cooking, trying new restaurants and attending music concerts. If you eat a plant-based diet or have ever considered giving it a try, you’ve probably heard about the potential for nutritional shortfalls — specifically, protein, iron, vitamin D, calcium, omega-3s and vitamin B12. But one nutrient deficiency you probably haven’t heard a lot about is choline. But in its August 2019 issue, the British Journal of Medicine featured an article authored by a nutrition researcher warning of the potential for a “choline crisis,” due to the recent interest and societal shift toward a more plant-based diet. Her argument centers around the fact that current choline intakes in Europe and the U.S. are below the recommended amounts (a 2015 study from the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that only about 11 percent of Americans get enough choline) and that removing foods high in choline — which are largely animal proteins like eggs, beef and chicken — would fu...