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Navigating Sweeteners: What to Know for Healthier Kids

As parents, we all want the best for our children, and that includes making sure they get the vitamins and minerals they need to grow up healthy and strong. However, when it comes to children's vitamins, not all products are created equal. One of the biggest concerns for parents is the amount of sugar and other sweeteners used in these products.

Many children's vitamins contain high amounts of sugar, sugar syrups, and sugar alcohols, which can have negative effects on children's health. At MadeFrom™, we believe that children's vitamins should be made with the highest quality ingredients, including natural sweeteners, to provide the most health benefits without sacrificing taste.

In this article, we will compare natural sweeteners with typical sweeteners/sugars used in gummy vitamins, including the ones used in our own product.
The Effects of Sugar on Children's Health

Sugar is a major contributor to many health problems in children, including tooth decay, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. Consuming too much sugar can also lead to a range of behavioral issues such as hyperactivity, inattention, and mood swings.

Unfortunately, many children's vitamins and supplements are loaded with sugar, making it challenging for parents to find healthy options for their kids. 

Types of Sweeteners

There are several types of sweeteners used in children's vitamins, including sugars, sugar syrups, sugar alcohols, and natural sweeteners.

Sugars such as sucrose, glucose, and fructose are commonly used in children's vitamins to make them taste sweet. While these sugars provide a quick source of energy, they also contribute to tooth decay and are linked to obesity and other health problems.

Sugar syrups such as high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and glucose syrup are often used as a sweetener in children's vitamins. These syrups are made by breaking down starches into simple sugars and are highly processed. They are also linked to obesity and other health problems.

Sugar alcohols such as sorbitol, xylitol, and maltitol are commonly used in sugar-free children's vitamins. While they are lower in calories and don't raise blood sugar levels as much as sugars, they can cause digestive problems such as bloating, gas, and diarrhea.

Natural Sweeteners

Natural sweeteners, on the other hand, are derived from plant sources and offer health benefits beyond providing sweetness. At MadeFrom, we use a combination of natural sweeteners to provide the best health benefits for children. Our natural sweeteners include:

Stevia: Stevia is a plant-based sweetener that is much sweeter than sugar. It is low in calories and does not raise blood sugar levels, making it a good option for children with diabetes or those who need to limit their sugar intake.

Monk fruit extract: Monk fruit extract is a natural sweetener that is derived from the monk fruit. It is much sweeter than sugar but has zero calories and does not raise blood sugar levels.

Organic corn fiber: This is a prebiotic fiber derived from organic corn. It provides a natural sweetness to our products and also helps support gut health and aids in digestion.

So, when choosing a sweetener for your children's vitamins, it's important to read labels carefully and choose products that have lower levels of sugar and use natural sweeteners such as stevia and monk fruit. By doing so, you can satisfy your sweet tooth without sacrificing your health. 

We believe that every parent should have access to high-quality children's vitamins that are made with natural ingredients, and we are proud to offer a product that is both healthy and delicious.