Top Children’s Vitamins Full of Aspartame, GMOs & Harmful Chemicals

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flintstonesnewHow often are parents aware of the ingredients contained in the multivitamin that they feed their children? We often believe what we hear without ever questioning what mass marketing and media has to say about a product. In this case they have led thousands of parents to purchase multivitamins because they believe it has significant nutritional value. But do these vitamins truly provide nutritional benefit? If so, at what cost?

If we look at the Flintstones vitamin, (one of the top multivitamins in the United States) it contains a number of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), aspartame, aluminum, petroleum-derived artificial colours and more. All of these ingredients are not optimal for health and can be very toxic. You can view the entire list of ingredients here.

Lets take a closer look at some of these ingredients.


Aspartame is known to damage the brain at any dose by leaving traces of Methanol in the blood. It makes you wonder why Aspartame has been approved as “safe” and is found in thousands of food products; not to mention children’s vitamins. It’s also linked to Lymphoma and Leukaemia. You can read more about that here and here (sources provided at the bottom). It’s basically a synthetic combination of the amino acids aspartic acid and I-phenylalanine. It’s known to convert into toxic methanol and formaldehyde in the body.  Hopefully this motivates you to further your research. If you are looking for specific studies, you can check out these ones published in the US National Library of Medicine:

Consumption of artificial sweetener and risk of lymphoma and leukaemia

Effect of chronic exposure to aspartame

Long-term consumption of aspartame and brain antioxidant defense status

Aspartame-induces impairment of spatial cognition and insulin sensitivity

Synergistic interactions between food additives in a developmental neurotoxicity test

Multipotential carcinogenic effects of aspartame


Sorbitol is a synthetic sugar substitute which is classified as a sugar alcohol. The ingestion of higher amounts have been linked to gastrointestinal disturbances from abdominal pain to more serious conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome. You can view some studies related to Sorbitol below:

Sorbitol intolerance in adults

Sorbitol intolerance: an unappreciated cause of functional gastrointestinal complaints

Sorbitol used as an osmotic cathartic has caused severe hypernatremia (elevation of sodium in the blood) in children

Hydrogenated Soybean Oil

Anything marketed to children that contains hydrogenated soybean oil is irresponsible. They are semi-synthetic fatty acids that incorporate themselves into our tissues. They’ve been linked to dozens of harmful health effects, from coronary artery disease to cancer and fatty liver disease. You can view a number of links to studies conducted here.

Ferrous Fumarate

This is quite remarkable that Ferrous Fumarate is an ingredient here. There is a clear warning on the Flintstone’s web site concerning this chemical. It’s used as an iron supplement. When consuming iron that comes naturally in food, it’s impossible to inject toxic amounts that can cause death. But when taking Ferrous Fumarate, fatal levels of toxicity can be reached.

Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under 6. Keep this product out of reach of children. In case of accidental overdose, call a doctor or poison control centre immediately (1)

Studies have been conducted that show ferrous fumarate doesn’t even affect iron status in children, you can read that study here. Below are links to a few more studies, out of many:

Ferrous fumarate increases clinical disease activity in inflammatory bowel disease patients

Ferrous fumarate deteriorated plasma antioxidant status in patients with Crohn disease

Ferrous fumarate has been demonstrated to be toxic to newborn foals

Cupric Oxide

According the European Union’s Dangerous Substance Directive, Cupric Oxide is listed as a hazardous substance. It’s classified as both harmful and dangerous to the environment. It is used as a pigment in ceramics and as a chemical in the production of rayon fabric and dry cell batteries. It is indeed a mineral, but should this really be a nutrient in a children’s vitamin?

Brief Summary of Bayer Pharmaceuticals

Most pharmaceutical companies, like Bayer, the developer of the Flintstones vitamins, do not have the best track record. Bayer is a German chemical and pharmaceutical company founded in 1863.  In 1925, it became part of IG Farben, a German chemical industry conglomerate. This chemical company had board members that were responsible for the creation of the Federal Reserve, like Paul Warburg (2), who sat on the board of the Federal Reserve as well as I.G Farben. It was a corporation well connected with the Rockefeller’s, and the second largest shareholder in Standard Oil. The investment was part of a pattern of reciprocal investments between the U.S. and Germany during the Nazi years (3). It’s well known that IG Farben was closely connected with the Nazi’s. They held the patent for the pesticide Zyklon B, the chemical used in gas chambers. Some of IG Farben’s directors were accused as war criminals, while others continued on with the agenda we see taking form today. We can see a conflict of interest through the companies shareholders when it comes to the creation of pharmaceutical products.

I think it’s time for us to examine what we choose to feed our children. All it takes is a little investigation and stepping into our own awareness of what is going on around us. Many of us live a robotic life style, we are all here doing the same thing. We’ve been programmed to grow up, work and spend most of our hours doing just that. While we participate in a  9-5, eat sleep watch TV, participate in a number of activities for entrainment purposes type of reality, there are those working behind the scenes manipulating the consciousness of the human race. All we have to do is notice, after that we can begin making better choices in our own lives. The world is indeed waking up, something new is desired, the current Earth paradigm is one many people don’t resonate with any more. A lot of us feel that it’s time to move on, grow and explore our infinite potentiality.

Alternative Options

Here are some alternative vitamin choices for people looking for it. These have been suggested by readers. Please research them as we have not yet.

Sources (Links to research and studies conducted are listed throughout the article)





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  1. Xaka

    I haven’t fed a child Flinstones vitamins in many years. Since I’m food conscious, it just made sense to put that aside. It would have been nice for parents if you had included a list of safer options. Perhaps another article?

    • makes some decent kids vits. They use Xylitol which is what the dentist’s sugar-free lollypops are made with. natural colours (red cabbage, red carrot), stevia. The Max & Ruby ones i’m looking at right now, do have the Ferrous Fumarate at 4mg, but the age suggestion is age 4 & up, 1 per day.
      I had to go buy something that my 2 year old could have and found the Disney Multivitamin (I feel so silly writing about Disney & Treehouse TV brand vitamins, but hey, they had what I was looking for in a kids multi) which was good for 2-3 year olds, 1 gummy per day (and 4 to adult, 2 gummies per day) in the Gummies variety (from Costco, Monsters Uni) and these DO NOT have iron and have fairly natural looking ingredients.

    • – Founder of IV Nutrition (Dr. Dudrick) helps produce the best Children’s Vitamins out there. Look up Tropical Chews (vitamin) Purple Champs (omegas) and Citrizinc. V100 is a great supplement for those that can take a capsule, but younger children prefer these yummy chews! ~E

    • I have some awesome products for the whole family..feel free to check out my website AND my facebook page!!
      PS, I don’t spam anybody!! I just spread the word on my biz.. :-)

    • Linda – try Vemma Next. It’s liquid, my kids love it. They have been taking it for a little over a year and are in excellent health!

      • But that’s only ONE item- Mangosteen. We need a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables to be truly healthy

    • Check out Look at citrizinc, purple champs and V100.

    • I printed off the FDA list of prenatal and children’s vitamins with lead in them. Many pages. I like Shaklee products. Safe. Absorbable by the body=bioavailable. The difference between my first two children with synthetic prenatal and then taking Vita Lea-Shaklee’s multi vitamin for adults, for my 3rd child, was huge. I write about it on my blog at leangreencafe at blogspot.

    • - Collective Evolution

      You’re right :) Lot’s of fruits and veggies! A list would have been good.

      • But 7-13 servings each day of Fruits/Veggies are recommended for disease prevention! That’s so many! We choose to eat lots of RAW fruits/veggies and close our nutritional gap with a well researched product called “Juice Plus”. 31 Research studies to show it enhances our health!

      • Bayer Crop Science is also one of the companies pushing for broader use of neocotinids in Europe – against the better judgement of the EU. Drug companies are not in the health business, that is for certain.

  2. I take Vemma and I recommend Vemma Next for kids.
    From a company that actually Cares. BK Boreyko developed this stuff for his own kids.

  3. Nayelli

    That is why i choose Usana Health Sciences

  4. ella

    could you please send a list of kid’s vitamins brand names in particular that aren’t good please, thanks!

  5. Jct: What a surprise. Slipping in poisons with the kids’ vitamins. What won’t the great pharmaceutical companies think of next?

    • Aar Hasne

      Yup. Start them out at a disadvantage and Big Pharma has customers for “life”!!

  6. For those asking for a list…maybe it’s time you did a little research, especially when you’re talking about GMO’s. That is way beyond worrying about a vitamin brand. GMO’s are poison and they are putting them in everything. People need to wake up!

    • Johnny


  7. I have great supplements!! NO GMOs..feel free to check out my facebook page and ask me any questions you may have also visit my website!!

  8. Juice Plus+ is the worlds most researched Food Supplement in the world! It is whole food containing NOTHING but fruits, vegetables and grains. Gluten free, certified Kosher and certified by the NSF. Check the research at


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