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Smarty Pants Kids Complete Multi+Omega 3+Vitamin D review: Not just tasty

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Smarty Pants offers what the company says is the only kids' multivitamin on the market with omega 3 and vitamin D combined. The result is a tasty vitamin that you probably won't have trouble getting the little ones to try.

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Smarty Pants provided me with samples of their children's gummy vitamins both with and without fiber in exchange for an honest review.

The vitamin bottle contains three different flavors of gummies - orange, lemon and cherry. The gummies contain no high-fructose corn syrup or artificial flavoring or dyes. My testers described the gummies as "yummy" and "delicious." I tasted a couple myself and wholeheartedly agree.

The serving size of four gummies contains 35 calories and 7 grams of carbs. The Smarty Pants without fiber lists 5 of these grams as sugars. The ones with added fiber list 2 of the 7 carb grams as sugars and 4 grams as dietary fiber.

In addition to the omega 3 and 150% RDI of vitamin D, Smarty Pants for kids contain vitamins A, C, B-6 and B-12, plus folic acid, iodine, panthothenic acid, choline, zinc and inositol.

For the most part, Smarty Pants gummies don't contain unusually high doses of vitamins. For example, depending on the child's age, the gummies contain 66 to 100 percent of RDI for vitamin C. Children often get huge doses of vitamin C from fortified juice drinks, and too much of it can cause side effects such as diarrhea. The vitamins also do not contain iron, which children probably get enough of through meat and fortified foods like cereal.

Smarty Pants products shun many common allergens. They contain no yeast, wheat, milk, eggs, gluten, peanuts, shellfish, artificial preservatives or salicylates. The omega 3 comes from anchovies and sardines, so people with fish allergies need to avoid them. The vitamins are made in the U.S.A., in a GMP-certified California facility.

As with other gummy vitamins, Smarty Pants vitamins taste and look like candy, so they should be kept out of the reach of small children.

The Smarty Pants name probably seeks to capitalize on omega 3's association with brain health, among other possible health benefits. Due to its believed anti-inflammatory effects, some studies suggest that it may help with a multitude of conditions, including depression, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer's disease, asthma and ADHD.

While I can't test the health benefits of supplements, many parents would like to add more fiber and omega 3 to their kids' diets. However, even some children who are generally good eaters may have trouble getting enough fiber from foods alone and might completely reject fish.

Smarty Pants kids' vitamins cost around $0.54 a dose for the ones without fiber at Amazon's current price of $16.49 per bottle. If you add up the prices of separate pills for multivitamins, extra D3 and omega 3, the price seems quite reasonable. The vitamins are also available at drug stores like CVS, and a $5 coupon has been available at coupons.com recently.

Most kids' vitamins can't make claims of being free of common allergens and artificial dyes and sweeteners. Some gummy vitamins even contain artificial sweeteners that parents might not want to feed to their children. Smarty Pants vitamins for kids offer an excellent choice for parents who want to supplement their kids' diets with a quality multivitamin.

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