I am not entirely sold on the idea that people need to take multivitamins if they eat right, but I give them to my children frequently despite my reservations. I feel that multivitamins can accommodate for days when my children don't eat well (or I don't cook well). Now, there is an organic multivitamin powder for kids made by New Chapter Organics.
EveryKid comes in three flavors: awesome apple, brilliant berries, and grape (sold exclusively at Whole Foods). The powder can be taken directly or mixed with water, and it is recommended for children over the age of four. At first, my daughter thought EveryKid was strange, as she is used to a chewable multivitamin; however, in subsequent days she requested EveryKid over her regular Rainbow Light’s chewable NutriStars. EveryKid is organic. Since I only feed my children organic food, it makes sense to give them organic vitamins. Dr. Charles Benbrook, Chief Scientist of The Organic Center explains:
All kids need wholesome, safe foods that protect their growing bodies from pesticides, chemicals, and unknown risks from genetically-modified crops. Nourishing young bodies with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants each day is equally important, because growing up is serious business.EveryKid whole-food complexed multivitamins are a great way to fill any nutrient gaps in kids' diets, so that they build a lifelong foundation for good health.
EveryKid is naturally gluten-free and 100% vegetarian. Each powder packet contains the following Daily Value from cultured ingredients:
- Vitamin A (100% as beta-carotene) 5000 IU 100%
- Vitamin C 60 mg 100%
- Vitamin D3 400 IU 100%
- Vitamin E 30 IU 100%
- Vitamin B1 1.5 mg 100%
- Vitamin B2 1.7 mg 100%
- Niacin 20 mg 100%
- Pantothenic Acid 10 mg 100%
- Vitamin B6 2 mg 100%
- Folate 400 mcg 100%
- Vitamin B12 6 mcg 100%
- Biotin 300 mcg 100%
- Vitamin K 80 mcg 100
Nutrients are cultured in organic media that may contain: organic milled soy, organic yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae), organic maltodextrin, organic gum acacia, organic orange and lemon peel - natural sources of bioflavonoids, organic carrot powder, organic alfalfa powder, enzymes and Lactobacilli (L. acidophilus, L. bifudus, L. rhamnosus).
New Chapter Organics uses whole foods, rather than synthetic chemical isolates common in most other vitamin and mineral supplements. Cultured, probiotic, whole food nutrients are more readily absorbed by the body. I am glad there is now an organic choice for parents wishing to supplement their diet with vitamins.