People have been abandoning the artificial sweetener aspartame in droves lately due to its many links to health problems, and that has big food and even vitamin manufacturers, including Flintstones Vitamins, scrambling to defend it, and to respond to customer inquiries.
The Flintstones Vitamins website now includes answers to aspartame safety questions on its website, stating that the sweetener is safe and toeing the FDA line on the subject.
Even Coca Cola is on the defensive, planning a TV commercial to defend the highly controversial sweetener.
Of course, aspartame has been consistently linked to many health problems, as noted in this article from Mercola.com and several recent studies.
One trend we often see in terms of the responses to studies showing that aspartame is unsafe is that the studies are vilified by the mainstream media, while other holistic health-centric sources choose to research them further and take a deeper look at all of the evidence out there.
In the case of companies, they seem to be sticking with aspartame, even as customers continue to abandon it and search for alternatives like stevia and others.
It’s also worth noting that the Flintstones brand’s website explanation sounds exactly like the party line espoused by the aspartame industry itself (not to mention the GMO industry): “Aspartame is one of the most tested food additives in history” and it has been “approved by the FDA (which of course has overseen the widespread deterioration of Americans’ health on a scale we’ve never seen).”
My Experience with Flintstones Vitamins
During my childhood years, visits to the doctor were much more commonplace than they are now. It seemed that each year my doctor would discover that I had a nutritional deficiency, probably due to the lack of fruits and vegetables in my diet, especially those from quality organic sources.
His prescription? Flintstones Vitamins, probably because of some sort of agreement he had with the company. And year after year I would come back with the same nutritional deficiencies despite taking the vitamins. Nothing changed, including the recommendations: It was always the well-marketed, well-branded synthetic Flintstones vitamins or a similar kind, and never vitamins from whole food sources.
Choose Whole Food Vitamins for Better Nutrition
While synthetic vitamins offer a more reliable “measurement” of nutrients, they lack the many minuscule compounds that allow a vitamin to be effectively absorbed and assimilated into the body.
Take for instance the work of Nobel Prize laureate Dr. Albert Szent-Georgi, who discovered vitamin C in 1937.
Despite his work with the synthetic form of the vitamin, ascorbic acid, he recommended that natural vitamin C be consumed because of its far superior absorption; finding through his work that he could never cure scurvy with ascorbic acid itself.
Most synthetic vitamin C on the market actually comes from China or New Jersey according to the book ‘The Hundred Year Lie’ by Randall Fitzgerald, and is often made from, you guessed it, GMO corn.
That’s why I prefer to always use natural, organic, plant-based supplements and to get more nutrients from whole foods in general. The results speak for themselves: I haven’t been sick for almost four years, and I’m not plagued by the deficiencies I had when my doctor had me on Flintstones vitamins.
As for the whole aspartame controversy, it goes without saying: The stuff doesn’t belong in adults’ food, let alone the bodies of growing, developing kids, in a vitamin given out by thousands of doctors that’s supposed to solve health issues and also to “do no harm” first and foremost as the famous Hippocratic Oath states.
There are far better options out there than synthetic, aspartame-containing Flintstones Vitamins for your family, that’s for sure.
Thanks for reading!