As the weather starts to cool down a bit (or a lot as is the case this week!), the sniffles and coughs start, and we all think ‘here we go again’! We stock up on the tissues, the Vicks and the multivitamins right?
I’m here to give you a little insight into what a waste of money some multivitamins are! And in actual fact, they are probably doing more harm than good!
Take a look at these babies.
Pentavite Gummies, Multivitamin ‘For Active, Growing Kids’:
At first glance, they are obviously aimed at children, bright colourful packaging with a cute picture on the front. They have ‘yummy raspberry, cherry and orange flavours’ and they are for ‘active and growing kids’. Sounds good so far……
Now turn the bottle around and look at the ingredients:
Glucose syrup, sucrose, gelatin (from pork), water, acidity regulator (citric acid), vitamins (C, B5, E, B6, a, D3, folic acid, biotin, B12), thickening agent (starch sodium octenylsuccinate), maltodextrin, minerals (zinc sulphate, potassium iodine), glazing agents (vegetable oil, beeswax, carnauba wax) medium chain triglycerides, flavours, corn starch, stabiliser (acacia gum), anticaking agents (silicon dioxide, tribasic calcium phosphate), colours (allura red, sunset yellow FCF, brilliant blue FCF), antioxidant (d-alpha Tocopherol).
There are so many things wrong with the ingredients above for a so called ‘health supplement’ for CHILDREN!!!
Firstly, the first 2 ingredients are essentially sugar! If you weren’t already aware of how ingredients are listed on a product, they are listed by descending order by ingoing weight – this means that when the food was manufactured, the first ingredient listed contributed the largest amount. When you see sugar (or any other form of sugar) listed first, this is not something you want to give your kids every day.
Secondly, how do they make these gummies look so appealing? By adding 3 ARTIFICIAL COLOURS!! I was gobsmacked when I saw this! Obviously from the work that I do, I’m always on the look out for things that contain nasties and I’m always sceptical about what makes certain products so colourful, but it still blows me away when there is a product that is marketed as a ‘healthy’ food, let alone a multivitamin that is supposed to help kids stay healthy and they put all this rubbish in there!
So what makes these colours so bad?
Sunset Yellow (110) – Is a synthetic coal tar and azo yellow dye. Can cause gastric upset, diarrhoea, vomiting, nettle rash, swelling of the skin and migraines. Has been linked to hyperactivity and is a s suspected carcinogen.
Allura Red (129) – Originally manufactured from coal tar but is now mostly made from petroleum. It has been connected with cancer. Asthmatics and aspirin intolerant people are at risk of reactions. It is recommended that this additive be avoided by children, especially those with ADD and ADHD.
Brilliant Blue (133) – Is a synthetic dye derived from coal tar. Can cause hyperactivity, skin rashes, chromosomal damage. It is also suspected carcinogen. It has been banned in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden and Norway. (By the way, Brilliant Blue is also found in MINTIES!!!).
So, as you can see, without even delving into the other ingredients that make up this product, it is hardly an acceptable health supplement in my eyes! A health supplement should be healthy for starters! And be made from natural ingredients, not all of this artificial stuff. As I said before, this product would be doing more harm than good. And it’s not just this particular one. In my research I came across a few interesting things about multivitamins on supermarket shelves:
- Not all of them have ingredients listed, I need to do a bit more research on why this is actually allowed but I wouldn’t trust any product that didn’t have a complete ingredient listing.
- Not many had a nutritional panel on the label
- One brand contained a warning that stated ‘In case of accidental overdose, contact your doctor or Poisons Information Centre Immediately’. It also contains a warning about not taking it whilst pregnant and/or breastfeeding.
- The majority of products aimed at children listed sugar in several different forms as the top ingredients – and a lot of the gummies are also coated in sugar
- Artificial colours were listed in more products than just the one listed above
I know what you’re now thinking? Which ones can I trust? Well, a little while back I was introduced to a product and it was one of those ‘why did I not know about this before now’ moments! I do have to say right now that this is not a Trusted Trolley endorsed product as such but it is a product that I personally use and have no hesitation giving to my whole family, nor would I hesitate recommending it to other people. The product is Juice Plus+ and here are a few reasons why I love it (in no particular order!):
- I know that every day, my family are consuming apple, pineapple, peach, acerola cherry, orange, cranberry, papaya, carrot, cabbage, broccoli, parsley, beet, spinach, kale, tomato, oat bran and rice bran – lots of plant nutrients minus the salt and sugar
- Since starting on Juice Plus+, my kids have not had one course of antibiotics
- Juice Plus+ is listed on the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) in Australia which is one of strictest regulatory bodies in the world
- Because myself and my husband take the capsules, our kids get the chews for FREE!! It’s all part of the ongoing Child Health Study that they do
- My kids will actually take them! And my husband does too! Win win!
- After a week or so of taking the chews, my kids were automatically eating more fruit and veggies without me asking them to!
- My levels of energy after taking the capsules for a week or 2 were amazingly increased
- It is pesticide and herbicide free
- It is perfect for growing babies (and yes, perfectly safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women!) and also busy kids and adults
- There are over 30 published, peer reviewed studies in medical and nutritional journals that show reduced oxidative stress and improved immunity (great for these winter months!) as well as improved skin and many more positive side effects
- It is affordable, quick, easy and proven
- It is actually not a multivitamin but raw, wholefood in a capsule
- I love that even on those days where you’re out all day and you grab food on the run, I know my kids are still getting nutrition!
I could go on but I won’t! There are a crazy amount of studies that back all of this up and SO much more information! As I said, this is a product that I personally take and believe in. If you would like more information please don’t hesitate to email me directly – Alana@thetrustedtrolley.com.au.
On the back of all of that, I would suggest that you look very carefully at any health supplement you give your family and especially at the ones aimed at children. This is another area where manufacturers play on our lack of knowledge and time so hopefully now you know a few things to keep an eye out for!