Gummi vitamins: Not all they've smooshed up to be

Not all vitamins are created equal. Especially troubling, gummi "prenatal" vitamins that don't contain any calcium, thiamin, riboflavin, or iron. As Joss Fong points out at Double X Science, not only are pregnant women one of the few groups that can be shown to statistically benefit from taking vitamins, the missing iron is also one of the key things those women need. So why can you label a vitamin "prenatal" if it doesn't contain nutrients that are crucial to pregnant women? Consider this another friendly reminder that the dietary supplement industry is largely unregulated and doesn't have to answer to the FDA, except in a few, very specific circumstances.

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  2. I suspect that they didn't include any of the overdose-able "vitamins" for child safety reasons.

  3. I think it is wonderful that at least one industry is still a little bit free. Americans pay lip service to freedom until somebody does something actually free. Then they start saying "Uh oh, we gotta put a stop to that!"

  4. See, the thing is, when people are talking about personal liberties and freedom from persecution and government surveillance, they're not talking about the freedom of corporations to put poison in children's food.

  5. Yep. That freedom to market things that don't have what it says on the tin. Or have other substances not listed. As a consumer, I'd like the freedom to have my purchases actually contain what they say they do, and have the requirement to be safety and efficacy tested BEFORE I but them in my mouth. How fascist of me!

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