Some Children’s Vitamins Contain Harmful Ingredients

Some Children’s Vitamins Contain Harmful Ingredients
April 18, 2016 Dr. Lorie Lofquist

Are you giving your child a multivitamin? Most parents give their children a multivitamin because it sounds like a good thing. It is easier to believe in the power of the nutrition value that is shown in mass marketing. This goes to show you shouldn’t always believe what you hear. It is another case of not being fully educated on label reading and researching the ingredients in what you are purchasing.

Looking at the Flintstones vitamin, (one of the top multivitamins in the United States) it contains a number of suspicious ingredients such as, aspartame, aluminum, petroleum-derived artificial colors and more. Each of these ingredients are bad for health and can be very toxic. So today I want to give you a bit more information about the ingredients in your children’s vitamins so that you are educated and aware next time you think about giving them to your kids.

Ferrous Fumarate is used as an iron supplement. There is a clear warning on the Flintstone’s web site concerning this chemical.  When consuming iron that comes naturally in food, it’s impossible to inject toxic amounts that can cause death. But when taking Ferrous Fumarate, fatal levels of toxicity can be reached.

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.

Hydrogenated Soybean Oil should never be in a product that is given to kids. Hydrogenated Soybean Oil is a semi-synthetic fatty acid that incorporates itself into our tissues. Hydrogenated Soybean Oil has been linked to dozens of harmful health effects, from coronary artery disease to cancer and fatty liver disease.

If you are giving you children vitamins have you been reading the label? Do you know what is in the products and food your children are ingesting? It is important to always be educated on label reading so you know exactly what you are consuming. It is easy for some of these harmful ingredients to slip through the cracks and be included in some of your favorite foods and products, and it is up to you to find them! If you have any questions about reading labels, children’s vitamins, or your children’s health feel free to contact us. We would be happy to answer any questions you have!

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