My 3 year old Gianna eats very well for her age, yet I still have given her vitamins to make sure she is getting everything she needs for her little growing body. The Flintstone vitamins were what I grew up on (and I turned out ok, right?).
I just assumed that since it was “Pediatricians’ #1 Choice” it was fine. I dug deeper and was very saddened and surprised at the ingredient list on these vitamins. Some that were included were:
Huge red flag for me! Aspartame is a synthetic combination of the amino acids aspartic acid and l-phenylalanine, and is known to convert into highly toxic methanol and formaldehyde in the body. Aspartame has been linked to over 40 adverse health effects and Chronic Illnesses such as depression, seizures, memory loss, OR cancer, Epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, etc.
- Cupric Oxide
According to the European Union’s Dangerous Substance Directive, one of the main EU laws concerning chemical safety, Cupric Oxide is listed as a Hazardous substance, classified as both “Harmful (XN)” and “Dangerous for the environment” (N). That was enough for me right there.
- Coal tar artificial coloring agents(FD&C Blue #2, Red #40, Yellow #6)
A well-known side effect of using synthetic dyes is attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. There is also indication that the neurotoxicity of artificial food coloring agents increase when combined with aspartame. (See the first red flag ingredient.)
- Zinc Oxide
Widely used as a sun protection factor (SPF) in sunscreens, The EU’s Dangerous Substance Directive classifies it as another environmental Hazard, “Dangerous for the environment (N).”
Sorbitol is a synthetic sugar substitute which is classified as a sugar alcohol. The ingestion of higher amounts have been linked to gastrointestinal disturbances from abdominal pain to more serious conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome.
- Ferrous Fummerate
While it is impossible to die from consuming iron from food, e.g. spinach, ferrous fumarate is an industrial mineral and not found in nature as food. In fact, ferrous fumarate is so toxic that accidental overdose of products containing this form is “a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under 6.”
- Hydrogenated Oil (Soybean)
These semi-synthetic fatty acids incorporate into our tissues and have been linked to over a dozen adverse health effects, from coronary artery disease to cancer, violent behavior to fatty liver disease.
- GMO Corn Starch
Genetically Modified Vitamins. Period.
On a better note, I found a vitamin that I feel safe giving to my child, and SHE likes it too! It is called NEXT by Vemma.
There are NO artificial flavors, NO artificial Sweeteners, NO artificial Colors, NO aspartame, NO GMO’s, NO preservatives, NO gluten, and the bottles are BPA free.
It also contains:
Organic aloe vera — A powerful phytonutrient known to provide the body with many beneficial effects such as reduces inflammation, inmproves cardiovascular health, aids in digestion, and more.
DHA — An all-natural, vegetarian source of an omega-3 fatty acid known for brain and eye support.
Choline — A B-complex vitamin that aids in brain development.
LIKE A DREAM!
I keep it in my fridge and mix 4 tablespoons with water for my daughter and she loves it! Since it is such a win – win , I will be offering it at the studio for sale and will have free samples so you can take this home and see what your kid thinks! So glad there are still products out their as this that I can feel comfortable and safe with giving to my child.
Read your labels, Read your kid’s labels. KNOW what you are putting into your bodies!
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