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Yes, you may have had the best of intentions when buying vitamins for your kids, and yes, vitamins offer more protection than none at all. But the truth is, you really do get what you pay for in this situation. In the case of these so-called "vitamins," which are really candy in disguise, it turns out that what you're getting isn't much at all. Trust us at THRUit™; we've done our research on kid's multivitamins, and here’s what you need to know.
Does my child actually need a multivitamin?
The intent of multivitamin use is to compensate for nutritional shortcomings in a child’s diet. The obvious first question you may be asking in determining whether your child needs a multivitamin, is whether they're getting all the nutrients they require from the food they're eating?
As a simple solution, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends daily amounts via cups/ounces (instead of servings) that gradually increase between the ages of 2 to 13.
- Vegetables: 1-1.5 cups up to 2-3.5 cups, respectively
- Fruit: 1-1.5 cups up to 1.5-2 cups, respectively
- Protein: 2-4 ounces up to 5-6.5 ounces, respectively
Now take a moment and ask yourself does your child meet these guidelines? If the answer is no, then consider supplementing their diet with a multivitamin.
How do I know if my kid is eating a balanced diet?
Take this opportunity to learn how to serve a balanced and nutrient-rich diet to your child. Make sure you’re covering the major food groups including fruits, vegetables, proteins and whole grains with every meal. Sites such as the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Kids Healthy Eating Plate is an excellent resource for parents looking to optimize their child’s balanced diet. They take a step-by-step approach to building a healthy plate for each meal and snack.
Also, if you can't remember (and that's the case with most busy parents), keep a food journal of what your children ate, and we mean not what you served but what they actually consumed. If your child is a picky eater, adding a multivitamin is an easy way to sneak in those nutrients, which help round out their diet.
What to look for in a multivitamin?
- Purity of ingredients - There are hundreds of multivitamins on the market for children loaded with chemicals, fillers, and additives. Unfortunately, many of these brands also contain loads of sugar and additional coloring that are toxic but completely unnecessary. The following is a brief list of the additives to avoid:
- Artificial coloring
- Hydrogenated oils
- Corn syrup
- Magnesium stearate
- Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT)
- Dicalcium phosphate
- Sodium selenite
- Magnesium silicate
- Absorbability of nutrients - When comparing multivitamins, you'll probably notice that nutrients come in different forms, which vary in how well they're absorbed and utilized by the body. Below is a table of essential nutrients with the name you may see on a label:
citrate or glycinate
- Dosage - Not only do you need to look at the quality of your child's vitamins, but you should consider just how much of each vitamin you're actually getting. Most health experts agree to aim for the recommended dose of each vitamin as indicated on the bottle. Still, this need may vary according to the particular child. So, it's recommended to consult with your doctor.
How much nutrient does my child need?
Given that there isn't one perfect multivitamin out there, look for one that contains as many of the critical mineral doses as possible. Here is a great reference chart for any age and gender, detailing the ideal amount of nutrients and vitamins to be consumed each day.
Do children’s vitamins work?
Yes, children's multivitamins do work! They provide both vitamins and minerals effectively. However, they are not a substitute for maintaining a healthy, well-balanced diet.
Today’s vitamins are available in a variety of forms from chewable tablets, liquids, powders, or gummies. If your child doesn't enjoy taking supplements or swallowing liquids, maybe gummies or tablets are better choices
At THRUit™ we recognize it’s important that children get their vitamins and minerals as they develop. It’s equally important that they taste good! That’s why we created THRUit™ Kid Multivitamin Gummies. Containing over 13 different vitamins and minerals including Biotin, Vitamin A, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, and Zinc. Plus, our gummies are made from quality ingredients and remain affordable. At THRUit™, we understand transparency is key to building trust. That’s why we list our ingredients and include no proprietary blends.
We are proud to work with a manufacturer who is a National Science Foundation (NSF) registered facility. They adhere with the thorough Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) procedures and principles established by the NSF.
Additionally, our manufacturer is also an FDA registered facility. As such, it can be subject to an inspection at any time by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ensure they meet all of their stringent standards.
Choosing the proper vitamin for your kid
We understand it can be particularly challenging to constantly be feeding your child healthy food. However, there will be times where our kids just won't feel like eating those “nasty, green looking blobs” (broccoli), or those healthy meals won't be within reach. That's when you'll be glad they've had our multivitamin gummies.
For more information on how you can order THRUit™ Kid Multivitamin Gummies, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.