OK parents do you give your kids vitamins? Even though my son eats pretty well for being 3, he is still a toddler and can sometimes be picky. I think it’s almost impossible to get 100% of your nutrition from food alone, so I take vitamins and I give my son vitamins.
As with most anything, when he became old enough to take supplements I had to do some research and see what was the best brand. We’ve all heard of Flintstone’s Vitamins, it says on their website “The Leading Brand Moms Trust and Kids Love”…imagine my surprise when I looked at the ingredients:
Calcium Phosphate, Sorbitol, Choline Bitartrate, Magnesium Phosphate, Sodium Ascorbate, Ferrous Fumarate, Gelatin, Corn Starch, Vitamin E, Stearic Acid, Carrageenan, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (Soy, Castor), Magnesium Stearate, Zinc Oxide, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Niacinamide, D-Calcium Pantothenate, FD&C Red #40 Aluminum Lake, Silicon Dioxide, Mono- and Di-Glycerides, Aspartame†, FD&C Yellow #6 Aluminum Lake, Sucrose, Xylitol, FD&C Blue #2 Aluminum Lake, Cupric Oxide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Less Than 2% Of: Beta-Carotene, Biotin, Folic Acid, Magnesium Oxide, Monoammonium Glycyrrhizinate, Potassium Iodide, Riboflavin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin B12,Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol).
† PHENYLKETONURICS: CONTAINS PHENYLALANINE
Excuse me, I’m not a nutritionist but here is what I thought…WTF??? I took the liberty of making bold the controversial ingredients here. If you’ve read my post ‘to dye or not to dye’, you know the dangers of food coloring. One thing I learned is that in all the testing of food coloring the tests are only done on colors one at a time, so no tests, let me repeat, not one test has been done to see the effect of eating something with Red, Yellow AND Blue coloring in it. WHY make kids the test subjects?
Mono and diglycerides: Used as stabilizers and emulsifiers. These can occur in nature, but are usually synthetically made. In his book, Steinman cites studies that show certain types of mono and diglycerides have caused decreased growth in mice, others have caused enlarged kidneys and decrease in the size of testes. Ughhh….just wait, it gets better.
Phenylalanine is a neurotoxin and excites the neurons in the brain to the point of cellular death. ADD/ADHD, emotional and behavioral disorders can all be triggered by too much Phenylalanine in the daily diet.
Here is the really kicker, Contains less than 2% of Vitamins A, B12 and D3
Well, to make a long story short, I passed on Flintstones and went with Yummi Bears Organic Multi-Vitamin check them out at the link below:
Organic evaporated cane juice, organic tapioca syrup, pectin, citric acid, natural flavors (strawberry, orange, pineapple, grape), natural colors (black carrot juice concentrate, annatto turmeric, purple berry juice concentrate), and sodium citrate.
Free of: Yeast, wheat, milk, eggs, soy, salt, tree nuts, peanuts, shellfish, allergens, gluten, casein, gelatin, artificial flavors, artificial colors, salicylates, and preservatives.
My son loves these and when I say “It’s Vitamin time” he says “Yeahhhh Vitamin time!!!” and comes running.