Vitamins and Me
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I'm not big on vitamins. In general, I think you should get most of your vitamins from food unless you have a particularly restricted diet. If you do follow a restricted diet, then I strongly recommend that you find a better source for your vitamin recommendations than me. I'm not a dietitian, I'm just a mom.
Vitamins and my kids
Little Man and Bear were easy young children as far as nutrition went. Sure, they were wary of new foods, but their diets were varied and any vitamins they took were what I would call "recreational use." I didn't keep the house stocked, but from time to time we would dabble in vitamins.
Boo, however, has proven decisively that all children are different. They're born different. When we go out to dinner, the only concern to Boo is whether there's some variation of a chicken nugget available. If we went to a 5-star restaurant, Boo would be the one ordering chicken nuggets and french fries. Thank goodness broccoli has calcium, because Boo won't even look at a glass of milk unless I pay him. While I don't push vitamins, even for him, I confess I was vastly relieved when he fell madly in love with the CVS Gummy Swirls, and I have taken to making sure we are never without a bottle in easy view so we can all remember to take a couple each day.
Picky, Picky, PICKY!!
I originally started bringing home random vitamins when CVS ran an ExtraCare special on Bayer products, including their vitamins. Knowing my kids, I grabbed a container of the Flintstones Gummies , and brought them home. Bear latched onto them, declared them a great success and began gobbling them at the recommended rate of 2 per day. Boo took one, popped it in his mouth, and promptly spat it in the trash. So much for Flintstones and Boo.
When I got a cash register coupon from CVS for a free CVS brand item, I almost tossed it in the trash. Then I remembered that the Flintstone supply was getting low, and CVS was having a sale on their store brand vitamins. So I took my coupon and grabbed two bottles of CVS Gummy Swirls and brought them home.
The first thing I noticed about the vitamins is their allergy statement. To most people, this irrelevant detail would pass under the radar, but my husband has a history of anaphalactic shock from nuts. Many products have worthless statements clearly written by lawyers. For example, one candy company scribes on all of their products "this product may contain traces of peanuts and tree nuts." Well, that sounds informative, right? Wrong. I called their customer service one year after Halloween to find out whether or not a product was safe for my husband to eat and found out that they don't actually discriminate between products that actually are made on the same machines as nuts, and those made in a factory a hundred miles away from the nearest nut. Well, a warning that goes on everything is just as worthless as no warning at all. According to the bottle of CVS Gummy swirls: This product contains no wheat (gluten), milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy or preservatives. The facility that makes this product also makes products that contain wheat (gluten) and milk using different equipment. Now there's a useful allergy statement!
Also to note, they're made with vegetarian friendly fruit pectin instead of gelatin.
When the Flintstones vitamin supply was depleted, we cracked open a bottle of CVS Gummy Swirls. I offered one each to Bear and Boo. Boo declined, but Bear promptly ate hers...and begged for another. Well, of course, that tipped Boo over the edge and he stuck his hand out. 2 Gummy Swirls apiece later, they were hooked, and begging for more.
Now, this would normally be a good thing, but I mean begging. "C'mon mom, Pleeeeeeze? One more couldn't hurt! I promise to stop after just one more!" They do have a child safety cap, but it's not the most secure cap I've ever fiddled with, and it doesn't present a serious challenge to Boo at age 5. The details of vitamin overdose are a bit vague to him, all he can think of is "Gimme more Gummy Swirls!" The taste to me is of a pretty obviously manufactured generic fruit flavor together with a whole heap of sugar. Think Skittles with the texture of something a bit more substantial than Jello. According to Boo, "They taste like squishy Apple Gum." I must admit, even I am tempted by these when I'm craving sugar but trying to delude myself that I'm not actually eating sugary foods if it's a vitamin.
The nutritional details
You'll need to judge for yourself if this meets your requirements of a vitamin. It doesn't contain iron, which considering the fact that I'm considering putting these in the locked liquor cabinet so Boo doesn't OD, is probably a good thing.
Per 2 Bears:
Calories 15;Total Carbohydrate 4 g (Sugars 3 g); Vitamin A (as Retinyl Palmitate) 2600 IU; Vitamin C (as Ascorbic Acid) 20 mg; Vitamin D (as Ergocalciferol) 80 IU; Vitamin E (as d-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate) 16.5 IU; Vitamin B-6 (as Pyridoxine HCl) 0.8 mg; Folate (as Folic Acid) 260 mcg; Vitamin B-12 (as Cyanocobalamin) 4.3 mcg; Biotin 66 mcg; Pantothenic Acid (as Calcium d-Pantothenate) 5.5 mg; Iodine (as Potassium Iodide) 40 mcg; Zinc (as Zinc Citrate) 2.4 mg; Sodium 10 mg; Choline (as Choline Bitartrate) 20 mcg; Inositol 20 mcg;
Sucrose; Glucose Syrup (Corn); Apple Pectin; Titanium Dioxide; Fumaric Acid; Citric Acid; Lactic Acid; Natural and Artificial Flavors; Red 40; Red 3; Yellow 6; Blue 1
For a child like Boo, who can't always be counted on to consume a balanced diet, no matter what he's offered, the CVS Gummy Swirls are a good way to supplement. However, be sure you have somewhere secure to put them, because they taste more like candy than any vitamin I've ever taken before. The kids concur, these taste great!
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