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Choosing a Multivitamin for Your Kids

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!

One Response to “Choosing a Multivitamin for Your Kids”

  1. Funny you should post this today because I was just thinking of you as I was giving WC her Flinstone vitamin. hahaha I’m glad to have this info now. You know I rely on ONLY you for this advice. HAHA!

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