The #1 children vitamin in America has ingredients that parents should never expose their children to, but why are others still sticking to using it for their kids?
The vitamins are supposed to be healthy and are claimed to be “Pediatricians’ first choice.”
Made by Bayer, this brand has a list of toxic ingredients:
Hydrogenated Oil (Soybean)
GMO Corn starch
Coal tar artificial coloring agents (FD&C Blue #2, Red #40, Yellow #6)
On Bayer Health Science’s Flintstones product page thats made for healthcare professional lead into the product information where the following reads:
“82% of kids aren’t eating all of their veggies*
Without enough vegetables, kids may not be getting all of the nutrients they need.”
References: *1. Lorson BA, Melgar-Quinonez HR, Taylor CA. Correlates of fruit and vegetable intakes in US children. J Am Diet Assoc. 2009;109(3):474-478.”
The Flintstones vitamins apparently fill the empty void of nutrients, but let’s look into some of the ingredients within the vitamin:
A synthetic mix of the amino acids aspartic acid and l-phenylalanine, aspartame is known to turn into dangerously toxic methanol and formaldehyde. Aspartame is linked to over 40 adverse health effects shown to exhibit carcinogenicity, and neurotoxicity. This chemical has no place in a children’s vitamin, or anyone else’s at that.
It was discovered that there is 2 milligrams of Cupric Oxide in each serving of Flintstone’s chewable vitamins as a ‘nutritional’ source of ‘copper,’ giving 100 percent of the Daily Value (Ages 4+), states the Nutritional Information on the Flintstones Vitamins web site.
What is Cupric Oxide? A chemical or nutrient?
The Dangerous Substance Directive done by the European Union has a EU law pertaining to chemical safety. Cupric Oxide is recognized as a hazardous substance, and labeled as “Harmful (XN)” and “Dangerous for the environment (N).”
This mineral has an industrial purpose as its used as a chemical in the production of rayon fabric, dry cell batteries, pigment in ceramics. It is correct to call it a mineral, but it most certainly shouldn’t be within a children’s multivitamin.
COAL TAR ARTIFICIAL COLORING AGENTS
Using synthetic dyes can contribute to attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. There’s an indication that the neurotoxicity in artificial food coloring increases when subjected to aspartame, which makes the ingredients in the vitamins look more dangerous.
Each serving contains 12 mg of zinc oxide, of which Bayer says it delivers 75% of the Daily Value to children 2-3 years old. Zinc oxide is widely used within sunscreens as a sun protection factor (SPF).
The Dangerous Substance Directive by the EU, labels zinc oxide as a hazard to the environment, “Dangerous for the environment (N).” If someone consumes zinc, or market it to children, it would be common sense to use a form of it that is organically bound to an amino acid such as glycine, making it less toxic and more bioavailable.
A synthetic sugar, Sorbitol is considered a sugar alcohol. Its found that consuming high amounts of it are linked to gastrointestinal dysfunction from abdominal pain to more serious conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome.
It isn’t possible at all to die from eating iron-rich food, e.g. spinach. However, ferrous fumarate is an industrial mineral and isn’t a sufficient source of nutrition. It’s so toxic that an accidental overdose of products containing this form is “a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under 6.” The manufacturer further warns:
“Keep this product out of reach of children. In case of accidental overdose, call a doctor or poison control center immediately.”
HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN OIL
Hydrogenated soybean oil is essentially semi-synthetic fatty acids that stick into our tissues in the body. The toxin is linked to many diseases from coronary artery disease, cancer, violent aggression to fatty liver disease.
GMO CORN STARCH
It’s essential that the public calls out brands that use GMO corn starch in their products, and for the use of other toxic, synthetic ingredients. It’s also very likely that the ascorbic acid listed as ‘vitamin C’ in the Flintstones vitamins are from GMO produced corn. Don’t forget that Bayer’s Agriculture-biotechnology division, Bayer CropScience, gave $381,600 in defeating proposition 37 which was the GMO labeling bill in California.
Parents have every right to keep their children from GMOs and chemicals that are used to contaminate and ward off pests. GMO corn starch is fake cornstarch. It would be considerate of Bayer to properly label their “vitamins.”
To summarize, Bayer’s Flintstone’s vitamin product is not natural, and it should be noted that it comes with serious side effects from consuming it.
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