Ever notice how most of the foods that children are drawn to are sweet?

While this may seem like a byproduct of our processed-food age, it is actually biological. Sweet foods are associated with higher calories and energy (such as breast milk and fruits), both of which are important for growing bodies… especially in the first few years of development!

In nature, bitter foods, are often associated with toxins and poisons, suggesting that our  sweet-tooth can be considered a survival mechanism that harkens all the way back to our hunter-gatherer days. Yet in the modern age, our current food system offers plentiful fruits and vegetables which we can consume with confidence. And when you consider we can store and preserve food -including nutritionless processed foods- this draw toward sweets is no longer entirely necessary. Still, the predilection for sweet foods remains, and it sure can make for picky eaters!

Many parents choose to supplement their children’s diets with a multivitamin to help fill nutritional gaps that might be caused by picky eating. With so many choices on the market, “What should I look for in a children’s multivitamin?” isn’t just a common question, it’s a valid one!

Here are three things to consider as you navigate the supplement aisle:

Additives:

Most children’s supplements on the market are gummies and chewables. While these options may be delivering essential vitamins and minerals, they are also adding excess elements to the diet; dyes, preservatives, artificial flavorings and -you guessed it- sugar. Ideally, this health-supporting product wouldn’t contribute any unnecessary additives to your child’s diet.

Essentials:

On the flip-side, what DO you want to see on the label? Another key aspect to consider is the number of nutrients that the product is providing. Is it delivering all 24 essential vitamins and minerals? For example – Boron, which is important for comprehensive bone health and development, is often omitted from many children’s multis.

Ease of Digestion:

Is the product easy for your child to digest? Supplements can often be upsetting to the stomach, even for adults, so to be sure your child is willing to take their multivitamin, it’s important that it’s gentle on the stomach, and can be taken any time of day.

Minding the Gap

As a parent, it can be challenging to strike a healthy balance between providing your child what he believes he wants as opposed to what he truly needs. A daily multivitamin, such as Kid’s One Daily, KidsOneDailyis a great way to afford against gaps in the diet for picky and adventurous eaters alike. This mini-tablet style multivitamin is a sugar, flavoring, dye, and preservative-free option to help support optimal nutrition in children ages five and up.

And as for when they’re fiending for sugar? Remember our hunter-gather roots, and turn to nature for satisfaction from fresh, whole fruits. You might consider saving the added sugar for an occasional, intentional special treat versus including it in the daily habit of taking a vitamin.

Non-chewable: sound like a deal-breaker? Don’t be intimidated!  Check out our tips on how to successfully transition to a tablet-style vitamin.
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