When I was a kid I would eat one Flintstone Vitamin each day. Back then they didn’t have the gummies. They were the regular chewable kind. Like most kids, I would eat my favorite character first. They all had a distinct taste and though we knew they were good for us, the whole thing seemed fun because they were Flintstones. Everyone loved Flintstone Vitamins.
These days my family loves gummie vitamins. My son, the hubby, and I all take them. So, when they offered to send us some Flintstone Complete Gummies I said I’d be more than happy to offer a review. The best part of these vitamins is that Flintstones is a name that you can more or less trust. In a day and age where products go on and off the shelves experiencing all kinds of recalls, you never hear about that with these vitamins.
The Complete vitamins include Choline (a nutrient in breast milk that promotes proper brain function), Vitamins C, E, A, B6, B12, and Zinc among other things. All of these are necessary vitamins that most people do not get enough of, so that alone makes these well worth the purchase. These cost around $5 in the store for a regular size bottle. Children (and adults) over the age of 4 years old take two gummies per day while younger kids take one.
The biggest complaints that I have are the use of dyes (FD&C Blue #1, Red #40, and Yellow #6) and the lack of creativity involved in making these gummies. When I was a kid, the best part of taking my vitamins was looking at them and seeing if I was eating Fred, Pebbles, Dino or one of the other characters. These gummies are different colors but it’s incredibly hard to tell the vitamins apart from one another based on character. At first, I thought it was just me, but I asked around the house and no one could tell which one was Fred or any of the other characters.
Another problem I had comes with the taste of the actual vitamin. It may sound silly to say, but these don’t taste all that great. The reason I say that is because I feel they lack taste. I understand that a lot of candies and products for children use dyes to emphasize color and flavor profiles (pink is Strawberry, blue is Blueberry), but these vitamins don’t really have a taste. One family member even said they reminded them of the taste of plastic. Why bother dying them all these different colors when each one tastes the same?
I briefly considered that all gummie vitamins were like this, but recently on a trip to Sam’s Club, I picked up a box of Gummy Vitamins for adults. You take one pack a day and each pack contains five vitamins. The vitamins do not contain dyes (they use natural coloring) and they come in five different flavors (strawberry, tea, pineapple, and a couple other flavors). The point here is that these vitamins do not use dyes AND they actually taste like the flavors they mention. If these vitamins can do that and they are for adults, why can’t Flintstone’s go the extra mile to make these healthier, tastier, and more fun for our kids?
If you have been looking for a good vitamin for your kids, Flintstones are ones that aren’t bad by any means. However, if you want something free of dyes that tastes good and seems to go the extra mile to make sure it’s as healthy as possible, you might want to consider the emerging, wide variety of sugar-free, organic or all natural vitamins that are hitting the market.
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