I was at a home of young mother and I asked her if she gave her child vitamins? She replied that she gave her little girl Flintstones. I tried not to looked shocked because I knew that she was trying to do the best for her child. However, I know that many people simple aren’t aware of the dangers of Flintstones by Bayer Corporation.
Most people assume that since it is on the shelf at the grocery store that it must be safe for their children. But, let’s take a closer look at Flintstones and see why this product may not be the best interest to their child’s health.
One glaring ingredient that is used in Flintstones is the use of the artificial sweetener Aspartame or NutriSweet. Click here to link to the post on the dangers of Aspartame.Not only is it dangerous for children but for anyone.
Although the manufacturer states at their website that aspartame is safe and has been approved by the FDA, there has been a great deal of controversy over this issue. Many sources believe that aspartame is dangerous and can lead to serious health problems, including neurological risks. Some symptoms of aspartame ingestion can include headaches, mood or behavior changes, seizures and depression.
The FDA has given a guideline for acceptable levels of lead for various ages. As an aside since lead is cumulative in nature there really are no safe levels of lead for anyone especially the 0-6 years of age with developing brains. The FDA bulletin has medium mass fractional exposure at .0352 and maximum mass fractional level at .395. While Flintstones is not over the maximum it does exceed the medium exposure to lead for 0-6 year olds by almost 500% more with .147 The point is your child does not need any extra lead for health.
Synthetic vs. Whole Food Based Vitamins
adapted from Caroline(healthsachoice)