What Makes a Vitamin "Kid-Friendly"?
TINY TASTEBUDS & PICKY PALATES
It's an understatement to say that kids can often be picky eaters. This means that making sure kids are getting adequate nutrition can sometimes be difficult for parents, especially those who have children with very particular tastes.
But it’s not just a particular palate that can prove difficult for parents, some dietary restrictions can also limit a child’s ability to gain all the vitamins and minerals they need to develop based on just their diet alone. For instance, families following vegetarian and vegan diets may want to introduce a multivitamin into the mix to supplement their family’s diet to gain any vitamins or minerals often found naturally in animal products (B12 for example).
GUMMIES VS. CAPSULES
Kids are also one of the main groups that struggle with swallowing pills, so taking a large multivitamin is not really a good option for them. Today most products designed for kids are in liquid or chewable form rather than the standard capsule.
That said, gummy vitamins are a new and popular option for parents who are worried about their child getting the proper servings of essential vitamins and minerals. Plus, gummies resemble candy, so it adds an extra level of appeal…the eyes trick the kiddos’ tastebuds into thinking they are eating something tasty. Although, our gummies do taste pretty delicious if we do say so ourselves.
HOW VITAMINS & MINERALS ARE ABSORBED
Another factor to keep in mind when considering a vitamin or supplement for your child is the bioavailability or absorption rate of the vitamins or minerals in question.
Certain vitamins need to be taking consistently, because they are water soluble and that means they metabolize more quickly. The positive to this fast metabolism rate is that they don’t build up in the body, so they aren’t dangerous when taken in large doses.
Examples of Water-Soluble Vitamins: B & C
Fat soluble vitamins work a little differently. The extra amounts that the body doesn’t need are stored in the fat of the liver, so it’s more important to follow recommended dosages for these vitamins. Minerals are also something to be a little wary of in terms of overdoing it, since overconsuming minerals could lead to stomach issues or other side effects.
Examples of Fat-Soluble Vitamins: A, D, E & K; Examples of Minerals: Zinc & Magnesium
SO, WHICH OF OUR GUMMIES ARE KID-FRIENDLY?
Most of our gummies are what we consider “kid-friendly”, because they are all naturally flavored (elderberry, strawberry, orange, berry blend), have no artificial coloring ever (we use things like turmeric, beetroot, berry, paprika, annatto for color), and are gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and free of all major allergens.
BUT we do have a short-list of our favorites:
Kids Multivitamin Gummies (obviously)
Immune Support Gummies (do contain zinc so stick to recommended dosage)
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