Monday, May 11, 2009

Looking for a Tasty Multivitamin

I've been on top of my vitamins so far. As a generally risk-averse person, the horror stories I've heard about calcium, thiamine, iron, and other deficiencies are enough to keep me on track and even taking extra.

However, I'm having some issues with my multivitamins. I haven't found anything I like other than the unspeakable yummy chewables - which, I should note, are what my surgeon recommends. But I'd feel more comfortable taking something for adults.

Before surgery, I ordered the Bariatric Advantage chewable multivitamins in the orange flavor. Their taste is passable, but their consistency is a problem. They are extremely gritty and feel like they are breaking my teeth - a sensation I'm not interested in having twice a day if avoidable. A couple of weeks ago, I ordered the Celebrate Multivitamins in Cafe Latte. They are just gross, in my opinion. They smell and taste like soured milk. The Celebrate orange-flavored multivitamins are rumored to taste like Dreamsicles, and I don't like Dreamsicles. So I'm hesitant to even buy those.

So, this leaves me with the unspeakable yummy chewables. In order to get more benefit from them, I've been taking 6 a day, 3 in the morning and 3 at night. I've compared the amounts of vitamins and minerals in this regimen with the vitamins and minerals in the bariatric vitamins, and with my trumped-up dosage it's about the same, other than the all-important B-12 and thiamine. I'm fine with that because I supplement those other ways.

Unfortunately, I can't afford to take 6 of those a day! I'm running through a $7 bottle in 10 days. That means $21 a month. That's not a ton more than a 30-day supply of Bariatric Advantage multivitamins ($16.95), but at least those are specially formulated for WLS patients.

I've looked at product reviews, but the selection seems small. What's out there that tastes good and won't break my teeth?


  1. I think Trader Joe's has their version of the "unspeakables," that I think would be cheaper than the brand. I haven't tried that kind myself though, so I'm not 100% sure about taste and prices.

  2. Thanks, D-money! I will check those out. I'm sure they taste better than my other options at this point.

  3. I'm going to suggest Bariatric Fusion for TASTE. They are the smoothest and sweetest I have tried. Get the BERRY - or get samples.