By EMILY FORD, Salisbury Post

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Pregnant mice with diets lacking the essential nutrient choline had fetuses with fewer brain blood vessels, according to a study at the

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Nutrition Research Institute in Kannapolis conducted the mouse study.

The findings, published in the journal “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,” could be important to women.

“Most pregnant women in the United States have diets that are choline deficient,” Dr. Steve Zeisel, director of the UNC Nutrition Research Institute, said in a statement. “Only 14 percent of expecting mothers in the U.S. are eating enough choline in their diet.”

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