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Do you all have any rec. for a whole foods based multi for kids that is allergen free (gluten, dairy, soy and corn specifically)?

I've been doing tons to get all ds's nutritional needs met through whole foods, but there are often times he won't eat what I make...I'd love to have this as a back up/insurance that he's getting what he needs...

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Update:

I searched and searched and found nothing for a while on this, and then tonight in a local vitamin store I found this liquid, whole foods based multi:

http://www.liquidhealthinc.com/prodI....php?prodID=15

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Contains NO Sugar, Starch, Salt, Wheat, Yeast, Corn, or Milk Derivatives.
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Children's Multiple is an amazing blend of whole foods designed to provide the vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, and amino acids for growing bodies. The base of pure aloe vera juice is loaded with digestive enzymes. Sea vegetables - dubbed nature's perfect food - provide most of the nutrient in this well-rounded formula. Our Aloe Vera juice is cold-pressed, leaving the nutrients intact and the enzymes active. Stevia, a naturally sweet Paraguayan herb, is used for its beneficial properties. Because Children's Multiple is comprised of whole foods, it is appropriate for the youngest child who on solid foods.
And it cost me under $20 for a 2 months supply for ds!

Naturally, I am skeptical about this, but I've googled and searched online and found nothing but positive reviews and remarks so far--and ds said "I like it" and wanted more after having some (very rare!!) It's got a pretty yummy grape flavor...

I'm also interested in looking into this one by the same company: http://www.liquidhealthinc.com/prodI....php?prodID=49

Any info you all have to share on these products would be appreciated!!!

Did I mention ds LIKED it???

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http://www.liquidhealthinc.com/images/photos/196L.jpg

However, for the totally wary -- it does contain citric acid (which I now know is often dervived from corn), "natural flavor", "xanthum" gum (did they spell that wrong?) and two preservatives: potassium sorbate and potassium benzoate, which can be an irritant and when combined with vitamin c can form benzene, a carcinogen.

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Thanks serenitii--I wanted to come back and edit my post last night but my comp was not working. Perhaps I'll write to them about the citric acid, natural flavor and xantham gum (and ask about the spelling!)

I'm going to look into the potassium benzoate/vit. c stuff as well--that was really my major reservation...

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I'm also interested in looking into this one by the same company: http://www.liquidhealthinc.com/prodI....php?prodID=49
This one contains corn--sorry!

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I don't know if this fits the bill for you, Animal Parade vitamins, hypoallergenic and vegetarian. We've been happy with them. http://www.vitaminshoppe.com/store/e...20091002194302

It does have citric acid.
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I'll mention for anyone looking for this kind of thing that most children's vites (and whole food vites) are SKY high in salicylates. Highly concentrated forms/flavors of foods that are high in sals to begin with. So if you maybe have any sals sensitivity at all, these would be a problem. Or if your kid goes wing nut, wild, whiny, or hyper after taking them, suspect a possible sals reaction .

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I don't know if this fits the bill for you, Animal Parade vitamins, hypoallergenic and vegetarian. We've been happy with them. http://www.vitaminshoppe.com/store/e...20091002194302

It does have citric acid.
Thanks--are you guys corn free? For some reason I think they have corn--ds definitely reacted to them a long while back when I was first looking into them--I could absolutely write the company and ask though!

And thanks snowmom5--I don't know much a/b sals but will look out for that!

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potassium sorbate and potassium benzoate, which can be an irritant and when combined with vitamin c can form benzene, a carcinogen.
So, I'm looking at the label again, and it states:
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Vitamin C (as calcium ascorbate)
I've found info on potassium benzoate and ascorbic acid forming benzene, but nothing on potassium benzoate and calcium ascorbate...Anyone have links or more info on that?

I wrote to the company, specifically about the benzene issue (I've read there are things that can be done to prevent the formation of benzene including keeping products out of sunlight or UV rays, etc...) I'll post their response when I get it!

Thanks for all the help folks!

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The Simply One brand might have one. That's the only one I can take. Yeah, it's the Super Nutrition brand
http://www.vitaminexpress.com/produc...roducts_id/270

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OK, I just realized that on MY bottle from the store the Children's Multi says corn free, BUT the link I posted in the op does NOT say corn free. I just wrote to the company (again) about this!

And, here is a response from the company about the benzene issue:

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Thanks for your question. We have had this inquiry before, so i have attached a more detailed explanation and a lab test testing our product.

Coincidentally, we have a new product for children just released that does not have benzoic acid in it: Liquid Health Complete Multiple for Children. It uses grapefruit seed extract as a preservative.

Let me know if you have any more questions. thanks
And the long response about benzene:

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4/14/2006
Re: Sodium Benzoate and ascorbic acid unlikely to produce benzene in Liquid Health products

A concern has been recently made public that products containing ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and Sodium or potassium benzoate may cause the production of the known carcinogen benzene. This issue has been known to the larger soda manufacturers for some time, but has only recently been revealed to smaller manufacturers and the general public. The following facts are important to consider when associating this concern with Liquid Health Products:

Experts agree that only products containing both a benzoate preservative and ascorbic acid may produce benzene. By themselves, these two ingredients do not lead to the formation of benzene.
Most of Liquid Health’s products contain Ester-C (sodium ascorbate) as its source of vitamin-C. No evidence has been found that Ester-C combined with a benzoate preservative has ever formed benzene.
The only products containing ascorbic acid and potassium or sodium benzoate are: Daily Multiple, Women’s Multiple, K-9 Glucosamine & HA and Level 5000 Glucosamine.
Soda is consumed in large amounts (up to 72 oz. per day.) As a dietary supplement, Liquid Health product’s doses are usually around 1 oz. per day.
Studies suggest that light and heat may increase the chance of benzene production in products. Liquid Health products are all cold-processed and utilize new packaging designed to help negate the effect of light and heat.
Benzene actually occurs naturally in mangos and cranberries. Of the 150 products tested by The Food Standards Agency that contain ascorbic acid and sodium benzoate, only a few were found to have benzene, and those at low levels. It is a hypothesis, not a fact, that sodium benzoate and ascorbic acid are the cause of benzene occurrences in these products. To assume that this hypothesis holds true for every product containing these ingredients is illogical and irresponsible.

One might question why a company would put sodium benzoate in your product in the first place. The answer to this question is to protect the consumer. Sodium benzoate has a strong ability to kill bacteria in drinks and has a superior safety record to any other preservative. Even with these new findings, the benefits of this ingredient far outweigh the risks associated with it.

Not withstanding these precautions, Liquid Health takes any possibility that its products may contain harmful substances very seriously. Testing is currently being done to test if unsafe levels of benzene are present in our products that contain ascorbic acid. Our daily multiple has been tested for benzene content by an independent lab. The results indicated that there was less than 1ppb (part per billion) of benzene in our product. The FDA recommends that there be less than 5 ppb. In the meantime, proper precautions (as described above) are being made to diminish the possibility of benzene forming in our products.


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Brandon Siggard
V.P of Product Development
Also, he sent me a form that had test results, stating that one gallon of the Liquid Health Daily Multiple had < 1.00 PPB.

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Benzene by Headspace GCMS < 1 .00 PPB
I'll post more findings on the corn issue when I get them...I asked about corn in both the children's multi and the children's complete multi...We'll see!

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The Simply One brand might have one. That's the only one I can take. Yeah, it's the Super Nutrition brand
http://www.vitaminexpress.com/produc...roducts_id/270
Thanks for the link--it looks awesome! (Now figuring out a way to get something like that into ds!)

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