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Posted on 05-30-2013

The #1 pediatrician recommended multi vitamin may be hurting your kids, sources say. Many parents have been giving Flintstone vitamins to their children thinking they were safe and healthy.  It is toted as the #1 Pediatrician recommended multivitamin for children. It is owned by the billion dollar drug company Bayer.  What you may not know is that they contain harmful ingredients that could be doing more harm than good. Vitamins are helpful when your children are not eating a balanced, well rounded whole foods diet.  Sometimes, due to being busy and on the go, this is not always possible.

The news just came out that there are really harmful ingredients in the Flintstones vitamins brand. These multivitamins claim to be doctor’s number one choice. But does this claim hold true?

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Below is a list of the top hazardous ingredients in Flintstone Vitamins.

- Lead

- Artificial Sweeteners (Aspartame)

- Artificial Coloring

- Possibly Gluten*

For those of you that know how toxic some of these ingredients are, you may have already run to your medicine cabinet and tossed the Flintstone Vitamins.  For those of you that aren’t aware, keep reading below.

Lead

Lead is not safe for any growing person with a developing brain. The FDA has a medium mass exposure at .0352 and a maximum mass level at .395. The Flintstone vitamins fall at .147 which is almost 500% of the smallest amount allowed. Acute lead poisoning can even cause coma or death in infants and children. In our polluted world, our exposure to lead is higher than needed, so it would be a good choice to willingly know how to protect your children. In this case, it would be to ditch the Flintstones for good.

Aspartame

This artificial sweetener was also found in the multivitamin. Aspartame has been a sweetener that has been shrouded in controversy over the neurological and teratogenic effects.  There have been many different health issues attributed to aspartame and NutraSweet.  If you’d like, click here to read some of the terrible side effects of aspartame.

Gluten

Again, the Flintstone vitamin company states they do not knowingly add Gluten to their vitamins but it might be cross contaminated by other products they produce. Some children, if exposed to Gluten, will have very adverse side effects. So it would be wise to be safer than sorry in this case and ditch the Flintstones vitamins.

Artificial Colors

Flintstone Vitamins contain multiple artificial colors.  The worst two are Red#40 and Yellow #6.  You may remember these as they’ve popped up in the news in other products. The Mayo Clinic has deemed these two ingredients as conducive to hyperactivity behaviors.

What kind of vitamins should I give my children?

There are many other healthy options for Children’s multivitamins out there that are 100% gluten free with no artificial sweeteners and would be an awesome choice. We recommend a whole food supplement for your child. If you’re looking for suggestions, just ask in the comment box or on our Facebook wall. As stated before, nothing beats getting your children’s vitamin needs through whole foods. But if you miss their daily recommendations, then please supplement with a vitamin brand you know is 100% safe for your children. Do your due diligence and research before purchasing. Also if you could help spread the word by posting this article to your Facebook wall then we could get the word out to keep our children healthy.

*They state they do not intentionally add Gluten to their supplement, but they do claim they “cannot guarantee that they are 100% gluten-free due to the fact that raw materials [they] receive from outside vendors are not certified as 100% gluten free.

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