Childrens vitamins… Healthy or not so much?

July 25, 2012
While unpacking and organizing our vitamin cabinet, I went through each bottle, throwing out expired bottles.  I had an Up & Up brand childrens vitamin bottle that smelled funky. Keep in mind, I try to purchase Shaklee vitamins whenever possible, but if I run out, I always get a replacement bottle while waiting on Shaklee to ship (usually at Whole foods or Earthfare). But this time, since I am ALWAYS at Target, I picked up some childrens vitamins there.  Well, I was pretty shocked after I opened up the bottle!! First of all, it smelled like something dead! Second, as you can see, there were black spots all over it.  The bottle doesn’t even expire until next year!! 

 I plan on taking the bottle back to Target to show them, but I felt it was important to show everyone else first.  PLEASE know what you are purchasing when you buy supplements.  They are not treated equal.
 I slipped and thought it would be “okay” to get synthetic vitamins just this time, but learned my lesson fast that only whole food supplements are healthy for us & you get what you pay for.  I showed my kids the Target vitamins and then showed them the Shaklee childrens vitamins… made them smell both and they were disgusted as well, by the Target brand.

Please share this with others. We need to vote with our dollars.  

If you had smell-a-vision, trust me you would be heaving!

 When I read “artificially flavored”, I should have walked away.

Coming up soon on my blog, I will be sharing my organized vitamin cabinet.

19 comments on “Childrens vitamins… Healthy or not so much?

  1. daisy says:

    I think most kids who eat real food don’t need the extra vitamins. Glad you found this when you did and good for you for returning them! I guess you’ll be sticking with the Shaklee, huh?

  2. The black spots are likely related to the iron content. However, I don’t think “kids vitamins” like those are anything but GARBAGE!!!!

  3. Yup it’s related to the iron but very gross indeed! Shouldn’t even be any iron in vitamins for small kids.

  4. Toni says:

    They black may be related to the iron but what is the foul smell related to? lol

  5. we are all about vitamins in this house…great information!

  6. Good information … I’ll go check on mine right now!

  7. tobiasstacey says:

    I’ve heard that children’s vitamins (other than Shaklee) may contain tar. I wonder if that has anything to do with the black color???? Ick.

  8. Alicia says:

    i’ve always thought that not all vitamins are created equal…yucky :-/ i love shaklee everything…there really IS a BIG difference!

  9. Angela says:

    Wow, gross! Thanks for sharing this!

  10. Denise says:

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  11. Denise says:

    I won’t buy any vitamins unless they’re made from whole foods. I’m not sure I agree that kids can get all they need from food. That may have been correct years ago (a pediatrician told my mom the same thing so she didn’t give us vitamins) but these days too much of our food is GMO, filed with high fructose, msg and other bad ingredients, or covered in pesticides and other chemicals . . . . unless you buy organic and avoid all processed foods. Even then kids can be picky. I know supplements don’t replace healthy eating but in some cases they’re necessary.

  12. mkelly says:

    Instead of taking them back to your local store, I really think you should call corporate. While talking to corporate, give the agent the URL to this post so they can see the pictures you’re referring to. See what they offer you as compensation for this!!!

  13. Sally says:

    Moisture. The spots in the picture appear to be from moisture. Possibly the humidity in the air when you opened the bottle, or possibly from dumping them into your hand when you were getting some out-then putting the leftovers back into the bottle. This can happen with any vitamins or medication.

    • Chrsitine says:

      Thats what i was going to say as well, we have this happen as well, more so in the summer when its Humid out.

  14. Alli says:

    Oh that’s yucky! I can’t smell them, but just looking at them makes me feel ill! I would contact the manufacturer as well as Target, because that’s just plain gross!

  15. Monica says:

    I’ve had that happen before with a brand name vitamin- can’t remember the name. Maybe the Flinstones or another popular cartoon character.

    If I’m reading it right, they expired last month- not next year. It says 05/13- May 2013

  16. Emily says:

    I love Shaklee!! I am thinking about featuring it on my new blog because I believe in it so much, store bought/generic brand vitamins don’t have even a fraction of the health benefits as Shaklee! Great post!!!

  17. Emily says:

    Yep, it’s moisture. But that doesn’t make them any better 🙂 For the record – when I do buy my kids vitamins there, I buy the gummy up & up vitamins. Someone can correct me if I’m wrong, but last time I looked at the bottled, I remember being surprised that they were flavored with fruit juice and colored with vegetable extracts. The regular ones are artificial flavorings / colorings.

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