When we decided to cut meat, dairy and eggs from our diet, we wanted to ensure we were all getting adequate levels of all vitamins and minerals. Choosing a children’s multivitamin proved to be particularly challenging. Initially, I simply picked up “My First Flintstones” chewable vitamins, designed for 2-3 yr olds. I have fond memories of Flintstone vitamins from my childhood. When I read “Disease-Proof Your Child,” however, I actually found reliable guidelines for selecting a kids’ vitamin:
- Look for one without vitamin A; its intake leads to calcium loss in the urine and osteoporosis. We make all the vitamin A we need from the carotenes in fruits and veggies
- A children’s supplement should have 2,500 IU of beta-carotene or less. High doses are linked to cancer and heart disease.
- It should contain the full spectrum of minerals.
- It should be free from artificial colors, flavors and sweeteners.
- Your kid has to like the taste.
Well, my daughter loved the taste of her Flintstone vitamins, but it fell short in every other category, so I started looking around. The Rainbow Light Nutristart Multivitamin was highly reviewed in several places, but it does contain quite a bit of vitamin A and several reviewers said it tastes gross. Dr. Sears makes a children’s multivitamin, but it’s a chewable, and reviewers say it is hard as a rock and tastes terrible, still, when my daughter is older I might try that one (despite the $23/mth cost). As it is, the multivitamin I went with is the one that Dr. Fuhrman himself developed–Pixie Vites. They’re like the candy pixie sticks we all ate as kids. They taste awesome and my daughter loves them. I dump the powder in just a couple ounces of water and she slurps it down with a straw and asks for more. The big downside is the expense–$33 for a 2-mth supply. Considering the Flintstones were $6, it’s a big difference. Worth it for her health, though!