Product Review: Flintstone Vitamins

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It scared me before when I just knew Whole Food Nutrition was the healthier option, but now that
my Healthy Living Journey involves researching Ingredients (even more then previously) I wanted to share some information from By Design Living that is pretty eye opening. ...They did a lot of my ingredient research for me haha

Here we go:

Aspartame is known to damage the brain at any dose. For this reason it is classified as a neurotoxin. Does that sound good for your child? It has also been linked to both lymphoma and leukemia. When ingested, aspartame converts into toxic methanol and formaldehyde – yes, formaldehyde (WTF?). How aspartame is allowed in so many food products by the FDA is beyond us. Something is very wrong with that! In short, check ALL food labels for aspartame. For these reasons and more, aspartame should NOT be part of a child’s daily vitamin!

Sorbitol is a synthetic sugar substitute. It has been linked to various gastrointestinal disorders including irritable bowel syndrome. With GI disorders on the rise like never before, this ingredient is very bad for those little tummies. Stay away from it!

Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
Anything marketed to parents and kids containing hydrogenated soybean oil is irresponsible. And, worse yet, its borderline malpractice when doctors endorse a product containing this ingredient. This ingredient is a semi-syntheic fatty acid that “sneaks into” body tissue. It has been linked to health problems like cancer, coronary artery disease, as well as liver disease… to name but a few. No thanks, none for me please!

Ferrous Fumarate
This ingredient is ridiculous, but it’s a great marketing strategy. It appeals to the parent that is worried about iron in their child’s diet. What about worrying about the warning on the Flintstones website concerning this ingredient. This is one of the reasons you need to keep it out of reach of children. Consuming iron naturally found in food is a non issue. But, consuming products with ferrous fumarate can be outright toxic and dangerous. BTW, ferrous fumarate has not been proven effective in helping iron levels. Don’t buy into the hype, and don’t put your child at risk!

Cupric Oxide
According to the European Union’s Dangerous Substance Drive, cupric oxide is classified as a dangerous substance. It has been listed as both harmful and dangerous to the environment. Does that get your attention? It is a chemical used as a pigment in the production of ceramic materials. It is also used in the production of rayon fabrics and dry cell batteries. Does that sound like something we should be adding to a children’s multi-vitamin?

There are a few issues I have that are not mentioned above... these ingredients I have issue with are all naturally occurring, but in this vitamin I highly doubt they come from fruits, vegetables, nuts and the like - they are synthetic vitamins and the like.
When you research these ingredients they have side effects just like carcinogens, endocrine disruptors and similar toxins.
Keep in mind when researching, ingredient descriptions always refer to low doses. The problem with this is....
When you are using products through the day, everyday, every year, well - these low doses year round add up, and many of these harmful and toxic ingredients can accumulate in your fat, can alter your DNA, Organs, and the like. Repetitive exposure - even low doses - is not healthy. And that is why I decided to start making changes, researching, and joined Ava Anderson Non Toxic. back to the point here haha
...many of these ingredients do not react well together - example:  Boron supplements can lower the amount of magnesium that is flushed out in the urine. This can lead to blood levels of magnesium that are higher than usual.
We take supplements to help balance our system, not knock our Health Balance off kilter.

These are the Ingredients that concern that were not already mentioned:
*** these are all "metals"/minerals - you can get these naturally & safely in certain whole foods, but there are risks to taking their synthetic version; Risks that are not worth it when there are healthy whole food options, and/or truly all natural, whole food vitamin/supplement options ***

And lastly,
Pantothenic Acid - WebMD, "Pantothenic acid is POSSIBLY SAFE for children when taken by mouth appropriately." - key words there are POSSIBLY SAFE. Possibly safe? How irresponsible of Proctor & Gamble to put an ingredient that is only possibly safe for children into a children's product! This is exactly why I want to learn as much as I can about the harmful & toxic ingredients in our products - greedy companies that only care about their profits and not our health. They prey on our fears and lack of understanding. No more! Time to take a stand!
...OK I think that rant is over haha But seriously, enough is enough. Say No to harmful ingredients!

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Until next time folks,
Live. Laugh. Love.

Curious as to what my son takes?
Whole Food Nutrition from JP+ just like his Mum & Gramma :-D


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