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Adolescent nutrition

Vitamin makers sell candy multivitamins to children

Thursday, July 08, 2004
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: adolescent nutrition, candy multivitamins, multivitamins

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How do you get a child to take their vitamins? Hide them in a sugary lollipop or gummi bear. As we're seeing in today's marketplace, more and more candy vitamin products are becoming available for children, and their sales are skyrocketing.

But is it good nutrition? To answer that question, you have to ask another. What's worse: having nutritional deficiencies, or consuming the refined carbohydrates found in the candies? In other words, these candy multivitamins do give kids some nutrients they need, but aren't they also harming them with the high-fructose corn syrup and added sugars?

The answer, in my opinion, is that the vitamins added to these foods are not very helpful to begin with. Makers of candy multivitamins tend to use the cheapest vitamin ingredients available, and those are usually synthetic vitamins that have marginal health benefits.

To make matters worse, none of these nutritional supplements contain phytonutrients that are essential to human health, even if they're not required by the federal government. So even if kids chew a hundred gummi bear vitamins, they're still getting zero phytonutrients.

The real answer here is that kids should be taking real supplements like Earth's Promise from Enzymatic Therapy. These can be blended in tiny amounts in kids' meals and smoothie drinks, along with stevia (instead of sugar) to sweeten them up. Furthermore, parents need to stop caving in to the whining of their children and set some ground rules for nutrition. I often hear parents saying, "But my child won't EAT that!" Yes they will, if you'd stop rewarding their tantrums with lollipops. Most parents have actually trained their children to throw tantrums as part of the process of earning ice cream of cake. It's pure Pavlovian psychology.

The bottom line to all this? Skip the candy vitamins and feed your kids superfoods, whole foods and -- if they want something sweet -- fresh fruit or a stevia smoothie. And find a way to get the good stuff like chlorella into their diets, too (even if that means rewarding them for swallowing whole food supplements).

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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released over a dozen popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

Click here to read a more detailed bio on Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, at HealthRanger.com.

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