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When my daughter was a baby I bought her vitamin drops and put them in her juice but it made it taste strange, so it was a relief when she was old enough to have these and enjoy them, especially when they were sold to her as 'Vitamin Sweeties'!
It is good to know that the kids are getting these supplements as it's not always possible to make sure they are getting everything they need to stay healthy. My daughter particularly seems to be bent on cutting fruit and veg out of her diet completely, so I'm hoping these go some way to making up the difference!
My kids have loved these from the word go and will not accept any substitutes, including the strawberry flavoured ones and especially not the Omega 3 ones! I give them these supplements every morning after breakfast and am so pleased to know it gives them 100% of their recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C, D3, E and B6 and 50% of their RDA of Vitamin A which can be made up with milk and eggs.
The only slight quibble I have is that they contain beef gelatine which is a bit unpleasant but sadly is in so many sweets and foods it's difficult to avoid!
All in all a great product which I will keep buying especially when there is a three for two deal on!
I have always liked to have vitamins in my diet, just I case I have missed out anything in my diet. It's good to keep healthy as it can make life a lot easier. I take vitamins so I can ward off the coughs and colds which seem to go around every month! This product had a lot of advertisements a few years back and ever since it came on the scene I have been taking them. You can get these from all good stores, such as tesco, boots and asda. They work well and I will now go into a little more detail on this product.
I usually get a pack for around £3 from tesco. The price can change dramatically from week to week so keep an eye out for a good deal. They also sell them at savers which is usually the cheapest place to pick them up. You get 30 vitamins in the pack which should last you an entire month if you take one a day like the packet tells you to do.
Do they work?:
These vitamins are chewy and taste very nice! You would not be mistaken for thinking that these are sweets. They are sweet and make taking vitamins a joy. They are great for kids who don't like taking tablets and would prefer to chew on one of these before bed/In the morning. I take them as I prefer to chew one instead of swallowing a tablet! I'm a big kid at heart. I tend to not get ill or sick very often and I would say that it could be down to these! Although you could never be 100% sure if they work! I like the security factor of taking these everyday.
The product is very appealing and looks like a kids product. The target market is definately children. But I would still recommend this to any ages as the health benefits are very good for you. The price is a little expensive, but it is worth it just for the benefits to your health. These get a full 5 stars from me as I have no need to fault them at all.
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This past year has been one of my healthiest (besides two operations) and because of this I'm more aware of what I eat and what nourishment my body requires to function properly. A few months ago I had to have an operation on my face and this meant that I wasn't about to use my jaw properly or swallow properly for a number of weeks, because of this I was worried about getting all my vitamins and nutrients and when I could start to chew things slightly but not stomach eating a full meal still because it was painful and uncomfortable my husband bought me these. Now these are probably more aimed at children, particularly judging from the packaging, but as I was able to chew one a day I wasn't worried what they were as long as they helped me stay nourished and helped me while I was recovering from illness/surgery. I'm not sure how much my husband paid for these but you can pick them up from Boots and other places for around £3.60 at present.
The vitamins that I have been using are the strawberry ones and they contain vitamins A,B,C,D & E. They come within a blister pack and it is simple for me to remove one, even when I was feeling exhausted after my operation. The pastilles look like sweets and they are a nice deep red colour too. I can smell strawberry before I put one in my mouth and they taste very sweet, in a nice way, and like strawberry. In terms of their chewiness they do taste and feel just like a sweet. They are simple to chew, even when my jaw was very sore, and it takes me under a minute to devour one of these. I love how they taste just like strawberry and there is no powdery or chalky texture to them like I have experienced with some other chewy vitamins in the past.
Now it is very difficult to know if a vitamin supplement is making much difference but I definitely start to get on the mend after using these and being able to eat a little more food too. I've used these on and off since normally for a few days at a time before I forget them again or use something else that I've found in my medicine cabinet. I definitely have been well in myself in general this year with my only illness being those caused by my operations/pre-existing conditions. I've not really had any coughs, colds or flu illnesses this year and so I hope that they are helping me.
In all I would say that these are worth 5/5 to me. I really enjoy the taste of these and it is not a chore at all to take one of these vitamins. I usually find that vitamins are very large when they come in tablet form and this is a fantastic way for me to get around that. When I was very sick after my operation they were something that I could take with relative ease and hopefully help keep myself nourished and looked after as much as possible. That was a huge plus point for me then and while I am now able to take tablets I have still purchased these twice since my operation and will likely continue to take them and buy them on a sporadic basis. I would definitely recommended them, as you can tell I'm sure, and would suggest that they would be ideal for their purpose (getting children to take vitamins) and the price isn't prohibitive either.
When my son was going through a phase of not eating properly I was getting really worried about his nutrition and after speaking to my midwife although she assured me this was normal for a child as sometimes when they back teeth are still coming through it can put them off chewing and hence not eating a lot. She did advise me if I was that worried I could give him vitamins to make sure he was still getting all the nutrition he needs. As anyone with children will know it can be hard work trying to get them to take tablets I decided to go and have a look for something child friendly.
That is when I came across these in a little box that had a cute little jelly baby man on the they looked very child friendly and the box tells me they contain vitamins ABCD&E which help to promote: healthy growth and development, healthy bones, teeth, eyes and skin and healthy immune system. At around £3 for 45 pastilles these seemed perfect so I brought them and headed home to try them.
A soon as my little boy seen the packet he knew they were intended for him so he came to look straight away. They are suitable for children over 3 all the way up to adults and it advises to take 1 pastille a day and no more. Inside the box we fund a foil packet and each pastille needed to be popped out of its own foil bubble. Although it was very easy to remove one from the packet it would still be difficult for a young child if they got their hands on them although please note these should always be kept out of reach of children just like any other medicines.
On inspection the pastille was just like a small sweet and of course my son had to smell it as he does with all food and as it smelt sweet and looked like a sweetie he had no problem in taking them. The pastille is medium sized and appears in which ever flavour you choose blackcurrant ones are purple and strawberry (our favourite) so there is a taste to suit everyone.
Although I cannot take them now as I am pregnant and the box advises me not to take them now I am pregnant due to the vit A supplement I have tried them before and they actually are just like a sweetie they are sweet chewy and very easy to eat which is great if you are someone like me that hates taking pills.
They are a winner with my son also he still believes they are sweets and the only problem we have with them is trying to explain to Connor that he can only have 1 a day as he does not realise that actually they are a vitamin supplement.
Now he has outgrown his fussy eating stage we do not use these everyday but we do keep a packet in the house as when my children are starting to come down with something we give them one of these at the first sign and then for a few days while they are poorly and although it does not prevent the illness it does seem to perk them up a little and make them feel slightly better.
Although these are not for replacement of a varied diet when I feel something coming on or can see the children are not feeling themselves one of these a day is great for a little boost in vitamins to help you feel a little better.
Maltitol syrup, Gelatine, Vitamin C, Flavourings, Vitamin E acetate, Malic acid, Colour (Cochineal (contains Sodium carbonate)), Glazing agent (Coconut oil, Vegetable fats, Carnauba wax), Sunflower oil, Vitamin B6, Vitamin A palmite, Sweetener (Sucralose), Vitamin D3. Contains sulphites
Since I was a small child a have hated eating fruit and vegetables. My mum has told me many of stories about my fussy days. I was sort of hoping that as I got older my liking for them would grow, unfortunately not.
I was having one of those days, I was feeling down and ill and I was convinced that it was due to my lack of vitamins that would be provided through eating fruit and vegetables. I took a trip to asda to find some vitamins that would hopefully make me feel better. I had very high preconceived ideas of how I would feel after taking these vitamins; I bit too high if you ask me.
I was on the search for something designed for adults, but the plain tablets just looked so boring. I saw Bassets soft & chewy and I just had to buy them. They looked so appealing, and the box was fun looking. The box is yellow with an orange smiley face on the front, which represents the smiley face on the vitamins themselves.
Bassetts Soft & Chewy have a choice of delicious soft and chewy one-a-day vitamins that are specially formulated to help support a healthy lifestyle at all ages and stages. The ones that I have are bassett's soft and chewy vitamin C. They come in a pack of 30 and you take 1 a day and they are suitable to be used by the whole family. They are also sugar free so they won't damage your teeth.
Vitamin C is an essential vitamin to a person's diet. It's a water soluble vitamin and cannot be stored in the body, therefore regular intake in necessary. Vitamin C is vital for:
Growth and repair of body cells
Helping the body fight infection
And long term health.
It sounds like a lot of promise from one small tablet, I don't really know if it works or not because i didn't feel any different, but I really don't know if you are suppose to. It says that these tablets are particularly important for people who; do not eat adequate amounts of fruit and veg (like me) heavy smokers, and heavy drinkers.
Taste & smell
I found the taste very pleasant; it's sweet and just a little bit tangy with a subtle orange flavor. The smell is not as nice however but I think this is due to the way it has been sealed.
The box says that 1 of these tablets equals to the same amount of 2 oranges, and specifically states that if this is taken more than once a day could act as an antioxidant thus protecting the body's cells from free radical damage.
I would highly recommend this product to anybody who falls into the categories I mentioned and needs a vitamin C supplement.
This product costs around £3, not a bad price for what it is suppose to do!
Now there was me thinking that Bassetts Jelly Babies were just a cure for my sweet tooth! I was most surprised when I saw the Bassett's Jelly Babies Soft & Chewy Vitamins on the shelf whilst I was looking for some vitamins as a bit of a pick me up after having the most awful cold I had ever experienced (possible exaggeration but that was how it felt at the time!). I don't usually take vitamins after a cold but this one had really knocked me out and a friend suggested trying some vitamins to pick me back up. I was actually looking for something that would be easy to take and not something that was a pill the size of a small saucer and the Bassett's ones seemed ideal especially as I hate swallowing pills of any kind.
The Jelly Babies Chewy vitamins come in a small orange box with a very jolly looking Jelly Baby juggling on the front. It is a very sunny looking box and makes you feel healthier just by looking at it. The box tells you what the product is and tells you that the chews are orange in flavour, there are 30 in a box and are suitable for children from 3+.
The Bassett's Soft & Chewy vitamins have vitamins A,C,D & E in them and you are recommended to take on per day. This goes for both adults and children but do keep these out of the reach of children as they have a strong resemblance to sweets and they are very sweet to taste so a child may try and eat more than one.
The tablets are orange in colour and although they still look fairly big they are nowhere near as daunting as the usual vitamin tablets as you don't have the worry of having to swallow these ones as they are chews. They have a nice orange taste which is very sweet though they are sugar free so I don't know how Bassett's have managed to get them so sweet tasting. They taste very much like orange jelly babies and do have an addictive after taste! They are not overly strong and I think they just the right amount of orange flavour.
If I am honest after taking one a day for a week, I did feel better but I do think I would have felt better without them. I don't actually think vitamins are something you can feel working though I was told a couple of times my hair looked shinier which I put down to my new intake of vitamins. I still take them occassionally and I picked these up in the strawberry flavour which is alot nicer than the orange.
I do recommend them though as we all need a little bit of a boost in our vitamins from time to time.
I was born prematurely and especially when I was younger I was forever getting coughs and colds. I was also a very fussy child and absolutely hated fruit and vegetables so when my mum was at the end of her tether she tried me with these. I've never been able to swallow tablets no matter how small they are, Bassetts were definately on to a winner when they created these soft and chewy jelly baby vitamins. Unlike conventional vitamins you can easily chew on these rather than swallowing them whole.
Bassetts make a range of soft and chewy vitamins for adults and children alike. Today I will be reviewing the jelly baby ones which come in either orange or strawberry flavours.
These vitamins are crammed full of vitamins A, B6, C, D and E and you take one a day, the jelly baby ones are aimed at children. The vitamins that they contain help to promote healthy growth and development, healthy bones, teeth, eyes and skin and also a healthy immune system. Each chewy sweet contains 100% of your recommended daily allowance of vitamin A, B6, C, D and E. Here's why they're so good for you:
* Vitamin A helps to maintain good vision, healthy bone growth and teeth development and also healthy hair, skin and nails.
* Vitamin B6 supports blood and heart health, your body's immune system and helps you to absorb iron.
* Vitamin C promotes healthy skin and gums, the antioxidant protection of body tissues and also healthy blood vessels.
* Vitamin D helps your body to absorb and use calcium, promoting strong bones and teeth. Also helps with muscle growth and development.
* Vitamin E provides antioxidant protection of body tissues and works with vitamin C to promote eye health.
The ingredients to the orange flavoured ones are: Maltitol syrup, Gelatine, Vitamin C, Colour (Mixed carotenes (contains Glycerol)), Flavouring, Vitamin E acetate, Citric acid, Glazing agent (Coconut oil, Vegetable fats, Carnauba wax), Sunflower oil, Vitamin B6, Vitamin A palmitate, Sweetener (Sucralose), Vitamin D3. Contains sulphites.
The ingredients to the strawberry flavoured ones are: Maltitol syrup, Gelatine, Vitamin C, Flavourings, Vitamin E acetate, Malic acid, Colour (Cochineal (contains Sodium carbonate)), Glazing agent (Coconut oil, Vegetable fats, Carnauba wax), Sunflower oil, Vitamin B6, Vitamin A palmitate, Sweetener (Sucralose), Vitamin D3. Contains sulphites.
A great thing about these vitamins is that they are sugar free and contain only natural colours and flavours. Also they are suitable for both adults and children over 3, with the suggested dosage being one jelly baby a day. I have only ever tried the orange ones but I did like them as they are very sweet in flavour, those who haven't particularly got a sweet tooth may find them too sickly sweet, children seem to love the flavour though.
I think these vitamins are great if you can't swallow tablets, also children will like them as they actually taste nice compared to other vitamins. Remember to keep them out of reach of children though, you don't want them eating the whole packet like sweets! They're widely available to buy and usually cost under £4, I'm not exactly sure of the price as it's been a while since I've eaten them.
Bassetts Jelly Babies Soft & Chewy Vitamins are something we have used as a simple and easy to take health supplement. The ones we have tried have been either orange flavour or strawberry flavour. Both are pleasant tasting and easy to take and each pastille is set within its own handy section on a blister pack.
The products are part of the 'early health' vitamins range and are made and sold under the Bassetts brand name. The term 'Jelly Babies' as shown here refers to the cute imprint on each little vitamin pastille. The shape of the pastille is not one of a Jelly Baby, but has a cute Jelly Baby face in the centre of each circular pastille.
The Bassetts Jelly Babies Soft & Chewy Vitamins are something that children find very attractive and fun to take. We have found that children don't need much persuasion at all to try one of the pastilles. Once you pop one into your mouth they can be chewed or sucked, either way they give you the same amount of vitamins.
The orange pastilles taste orangey and the red pastilles taste of strawberries, although not in a natural way, as they are in a chewable jelly form. The Bassetts Jelly Babies Soft & Chewy Vitamins are not only sugar free, so kind to little teeth, they contain only natural flavours and natural colours. This makes them a good product for children who have issues with some of the food colourings used in some products.
The pastilles are something we have used to enhance our childs well being, not to replace vegetables or fruit or to replace a healthy diet These Bassetts Jelly Babies Soft & Chewy Vitamins should be thought of as something that may be of help at certain times. We have supplemented with these when our child has been under the weather and perhaps needs a boost of vitamins to work in conjunction with the vitamins and minerals they get from their normal diet. This has been how we have viewed the usefulness of this product.
Children and adults alike can take these chewy pastilles and the dosage is just 1 pastille per day per person. There have been times when we have found we have been asked by our child if they can have another pastille, but we have always tried to explain that these are not sweeties and that as a vitamin pastille 1 per day is the right amount.
The Bassetts Jelly Babies Soft & Chewy Vitamins come simply boxed with either an orange or red toned box depending on which type you choose. Having tasted both flavours, I can say they are much of a muchness and have an easy and not too chewy texture, that children can manage well.
The vitamins in the pastilles are vitamin A, B6, C, D and E. They are included for various reasons. Vitamin A can help with growth, healthy teeth, bones, hair, nails etc. Vitamin B6 is very helpful for a childs immune system and can help with the absorption of iron in the diet. Vitamin C is good for healthy skin and gums. Vitamin D is good for strong bones and teeth. Vitamin E can work with other vitamins towards keeping your eyes healthy.
Each vitamin offers 100% of the RDA within a single pastille, so you really do need to make sure that you are not swayed by your child into giving them more than 1 of these per day.
We have found these to be sold in all major chemists and some supermarkets also sell them. We have bought them usually when they are on 3 for 2 offers which brings down the cost quite a bit. They can sell for anything from £2.49 to £3.49 per pack of 30 pastilles, so there can be substantial savings if you shop around for these.
As the Bassetts Jelly Babies Soft & Chewy Vitamins are so easy for children to take and have a good general mix of vitamins that can help to boost a child as and when needed I feel they ought to get 4 stars. Although I recommend these I do so with caution.
I have deducted 1 star as I do feel that whilst the imprinting of the happy little Jelly Baby faces on the pastilles does encourage children to take their vitamins daily without fuss, it can also mean that children view the chewy pastilles as sweeties and this can make them want to seek them out in order to take more than they should. Because of this we always make sure that if we have these, we store them well away from reach, so that situations like that can be avoided.
The list of ingredients for each of the flavours mention is listed below:
Orange Pastille ingredients:
Maltitol syrup, Gelatine, Vitamin C, Colour, Flavouring, Vitamin E acetate, Citric acid, Glazing agent. Coconut oil, Vegetable fats, Carnauba wax, Sunflower oil, Vitamin B6, Vitamin A palmitate, Sweetener/ Sucralose, Vitamin D3. Contains sulphites.
Strawberry Pastille ingredients:
Maltitol syrup, Gelatine, Vitamin C, Flavourings, Vitamin E acetate, Malic acid, Colour/ Cochineal, contains Sodium carbonate, Glazing agent/ Coconut oil, Vegetable fats, Carnauba wax. Sunflower oil, Vitamin B6, Vitamin A palmitate, Sweetener/ Sucralose, Vitamin D3. Contains sulphites.
The product is suitable for children from 3 years onwards and adults.
I don't take vitamins all that often because I eat a good diet and have loads of fruit and veg. Sometimes though I might feel a bit run down or be coming down with a cold or something, and then I'll have a look round to see what decent branded vitamin pills are on special offer. The main problem I have with vitamin tablets is that they are made stupidly big, I don't struggle with taking tablets but the last lot I brought from Holland & Barrett were sooooo massive that I reckon they were supposed to be for horses!!!
These Jelly Baby Chewy Vitamins are brill though. They're made to be more like sweets than tablets, they are quite big looking but that doesn't matter this time because you don't have to swallow them. These are lovely and chewy and have got a very nice orange flavour, they're not madly strong flavoured but taste a bit like the orange jelly babies you get in a packet.
The tablets contain vitamin A,C,D and E and are suitable for adults and children aged from 3 years and up. They are sold in packs of 30 and you are supposed to take 1 a day, I think you'd have to be careful with them if you was giving them to children though because they look and taste so much like sweets that they'd be tempted to eat the whole pack if they could!
The vitamins are sugar free so they're not bad for your teeth like you think they're going to be, it's surprising actually because they are quite sweet so I was a bit shocked when I realised that there was no sugar in them.
It's hard to say how effective they are, like all vitamin tablets. I DID get a cold last week even though I'd been taking these tablets for a couple of weeks before that, but that's probably just one of them things. The main thing I suppose is that these are very easy to take because of them being chewable and having such a nice flavour, you wouldn't have any problems getting kids to take them and they are also perfect for people who want to take a vitamin suppliment but don't like having to swallow tablets.
The only downside for me is that the taste of orange lasts for ages in my mouth and it gets a bit sickly after a bit, the flavour just gets flatter and flatter and eventually you end up with a taste that is a bit like very weak Robinsons orange pop...... I can't get rid of this taste either so I might look out for the strawberry variety next time to see if that one is any better.
I paid £1.00 for this box in the cheap chemist by me but have seen the same thing for £2.00 in other places, so it's definately worth shopping around. Being as these are designed for kids I thought I'd give my 3 year old sister one to try but that didn't go down very well because she doesn't like chewy sweets all that much..... after about 5 mins I asked what she'd got in her hand and she showed me a chewed up but still whole (and mega sticky!) vitamin tablet that she had been holding for ages! Lovely! lol
Since starting University, my mum is convinced that I'm making myself ill with my lifestyle of late nights and supposedly not eating 'properly'. When I was unpacking my mounds of boxes on the first day of moving into halls I found, tucked discretely between the saucepans, a little pot of tablet vitamins. Although I told my mum that I took them everyday, I only opened the pot very occasionally as I'm not too keen on swallowing tablets and didn't really feel the need to use them.
Throughout the exam period however, I started to feel really run down and was constantly tired. I looked and felt like a mess so decided that maybe my mum had been right and I needed a bit of help. Still not keen on tablet vitamins I ventured into Boots and noticed these Bassetts chewable vitamins on the shelf. I was used to Bassetts making Jelly Babies, one of my favourite sweets and so I bought the vitamins in the hope that they'd help me feel better.
I can't remember exactly how much I paid for them but they're priced at £3.29 for a pack of 45 in Boots at the moment. This price isn't particularly cheap, however one pack will last you for 45 days and so you'll need to pay out less than once a month.
The vitamins are packaged in a bright yellow box with a picture of an orange 'Jelly Baby' on the front. They are clearly aimed at children, but being the big kid that I am this made me want to try them even more as I reckoned that they'd have to taste quite nice for kids to eat them!
All you have to do with these little sweets is to take one a day and although I found it hard to remember everyday, I found that taking them at the same time each day, usually after dinner helps me to remember. You simply pop a little orange sweet out of its foil packet and chew it like you would with a normal sweet.
If you do take one a day, this provides you with your recommended amount of vitamins A,C,D and E all of which are essential to keep you feeling healthy on the inside as well as keeping your hair and skin looking nice and your teeth strong.
The vitamins exceeded my expectations in their taste and were much more pleasant than swallowing a tablet. They are orange flavoured, although you can get strawberry ones too, which I'm sure would also be nice. They taste very similar to orange Jelly Babies although not quite as sweet as they are sugar free, which is another bonus as loading something that's meant to be good for your health with sugar defeats the object! In fact they're so nice tasting that it's hard to believe their healthy and its quite hard to limit yourself to just one a day!
As for the health benefits, I definitely feel better when I'm taking these, particularly in times of stress and late nights. They seem to give me more energy and generally make me feel more healthy. Perhaps the biggest plus though is that they keep my mum's nagging about being healthy to a minimum!
*~* Bassett's Soft & Chewy Vitamins A,C,D & E *~*
A few weeks back I purchased a box of these vitamins from my local Savers store for only £1 as part of a promotion they were running at the time. Very recently I have just sat a third year tax exam and with my law degree depending on these results I was eager at the time to feel my best when it came to the dreaded studying as well as when it came to sitting the exam itself.
In the past I have often relied on unhealthy energy drinks to keep me alert whilst studying, but found that these detrimentally affected my sleeping habits. Therefore, these little vitamins seemed like the perfect solution to my problem.
At full price, these particular vitamins retail for around £2-£2.50 and can be found in major supermarkets and pharmacy type stores. Despite this being somewhat expensive, I would say that the product is entirely worth the cost. Presented in a yellow box containing 30 capsules (1 month supply), I opted to try the orange variety.
You simply take one of these little sweets each day and this will ensure that you get 100% of your recommended daily amount of vitamins A, C, D and E. These specific vitamins are crucial in promoting healthy skin, gums, teeth and eyes. On top of this, they also aid your immune system in combating and resisting infection. Consequently, there are huge benefits to be reaped from eating just one of these vitamins per day.
The vitamins come blister packed, ensuring their freshness. Each capsule features the face of a Bassett's jelly baby, which is a nice touch in my view. Little did I know, that in fact these little vitamins would taste extremely like jelly babies. This was a very welcome surprise, but made it really difficult to resist having another one. To be honest, I was anticipating that these vitamins would taste pretty rank, but in no way were they horrible. I am certain that kids would love these as they taste so similar to jelly sweets and would be none the wiser that they were actually taking a vitamin supplement.
Another great aspect of this product is that the vitamins are sugar free and so are better for you than other similar brands available. Likewise, no nuts, gluten or lactose can be found in these tabs and therefore these particular vitamins would be ideal for those with certain intolerances/allergies to ensure that they can still meet their daily vitamin requirements.
I have now finished my first pack and have noticed that since I have began using them that my skin is looking better and overall I feel much more productive and alert than before. I was sceptical that I would see any results with these but I am really impressed with how they have worked for me.
These vitamins are great value for money in my opinion and I highly recommend them. They guarantee that I am achieving my RDA of vitamins A, C, D and E, but do not compromise on taste to achieve this. This product is predominantly aimed at children. Nevertheless, in my view these vitamins can be enjoyed by adults and kids alike and I am sure that both groups will derive positive results from adding these into their daily diets.
I award this product a well deserved 5 star rating.
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I remember when I was about 9, my mum used to buy multivitamins tablets that you had to swallow, in hope of restoring any kind of balance to our rather unhealthy diets. They were practically drilled into us, every morning without fail; the tablets sat there smugly, laid out with our breakfasts.
We all hated them, I could never swallow them, my every attempt left me hurling over the toilet when the tablet finally dissolved on my tongue. In the end I just started slipping them in the bin, of which wasn't long before my mum saw them. She later substituted them for 'Super-Teds' (don't know if anybody remembers them...?) which were chewable and were a small improvement on the taste at least.
It wasn't til about a year ago, where my mum saw these bassets jelly babies vitamins on offer at Tesco and bought some. They tasted good... (: So good in fact that my 21 year old brother decided they were sweets and scoffed them all - the packet must have been a slight clue...
Really everyone can benefit from vitamin supplements, particularly those who neglect their diets, be it stubborn children that won't eat vegetables, growing teenagers, those on a busy work schedules or perhaps if you're on some kind of diet. This product is designed specifically to maintain the daily nutritional requirements of every age above 6. Complete with vitamins A, D, E, B6 and C, the recommended daily allowance of vital vitamins maintains good health and wellbeing: promoting healthy growth and development, healthy bones, teeth, eyes and skin and immune system
The product is available in an array of flavours, And the best part is knowing that there will be little hesitation to take them - with their delicious taste you'll struggle to keep up with their demands!
Although I do try to feed both of my boys a balanced diet, there are times when they come down with various illnesses, colds and bugs or just become extra picky when it comes to the foodstuff that they are happy to eat. At the beginning of this year, it seemed as though one or both of them were constantly suffering from one thing or another and my husband persuaded me to start trying different vitamins, tonics and supplements, in case they were missing anything from their diet.
Having started with various liquid based supplements, we spotted a range of chewy multivitamins under the Bassetts brand name for sale at Wilkinson. Like most people, I associate Bassetts primarily with sweets rather than vitamins, particularly their classic jelly babies. I've always loved the sweet, chewy taste of jelly beans even though I no longer eat them as they contain gelatine and I'm vegetarian. These vitamins are clearly marketed at children (or big kids!) and feature a cute jelly bean character juggling.
The vitamins come in a blister pack in sets of 30 and, once removed, they really do resemble round chewy sweets. Sadly, they aren't in the shape of jelly babies or Bertie Bassett which would be even cuter! (Although still need to be stored carefully as, obviously, excess consumption of any vitamin supplements can be dangerous and this variety carries a warning that they can have a laxative effect if taken to excess! The pastels also smell absolutely delicious - just like sweets- and come in a range of fruity flavours - strawberry, orange or blackcurrant. My boys at seven and three are of an age where they are just getting interested in being strong and healthy and we call these supplements their 'strong sweets.' Unlike some of the other supplements we've tried, we don't need to cajole or convince the boys to take one of these tablets every day. In fact, they will often beg me for their strong sweets, if I forget to give them out.
I haven't tried them myself (as they contain both gelatine and Vitamin A) but the boys tell me these taste lovely and they certainly only take a few seconds to swallow them! Despite being chewy, my three year old takes these with ease and there is no need for any cumbersome measuring spoons or other devices to get them to take the right amount. One chewy tablet per day - simple!
There a quite a few different varieties available within the same brand which can make it confusing trying to decide which is the most suitable and offers the best level of reassurance. We have a different packet for each child which helps to avoid squabbles and also helps to keep track of who has had their 'strong sweet' each day. My three year old takes a strawberry flavoured version which provides vitamins A, C, D, and E as this is recommended for ages three plus. My seven year old has a blackcurrant multivitamin which contains the same vitamins but also includes a range of B vitamins as well as folic acid. This version is recommended for children over six years old so it is worth studying the specific details and guidelines on each box as these are not all suitable for the same age group.
It is difficult to gauge any specific health benefits from any supplement but, on reflection, the boys don't appear to have had quite as many coughs and colds in recent weeks or any other nasty illnesses. That may be purely coincidence, of course!
We will continue to use strong sweets for the time being anyway as they are a fun and convenient way of providing some additional reassurance to us as parents. Prices tend to be around the £3.50 mark for a pack of 30 from most chemists and supermarkets, although we find these are usually slightly cheaper at Wilkinsons or Home Bargains.
When both my kids and I have been in need of a boost of vitamins, I have given them Bassetts Soft and Chewy Vitamins, made by the same people who make children's favourites Jelly Babies. My son is not particularly keen on citrus fruits which are high in vitamin C, but when he was recovering from a bug the doctor advised me to try up his vitamin C intake which he was sick. I bought a pack of these Soft and Chewy Vitamins for £2 for a pack of 30 chewy tablets, which I thought was reasonable.
Suitable for kids 3 years old and upwards, the tablets are small, squishy and orange flavoured. I tried on myself and they were very tasty, just like a normal chewy gummy sweet. My son loved them and it was hard to convince him they weren't actually sweets, he wanted to eat far more than one a day!
The sweets...sorry vitamin tablets contain vitamins A, which is for supporting growth in kids, helps vision and helps prevent infection; vitamin C which helps prevent infections and helps in the absorbtion of iron; vitamin D which strengthens bones, teeth and nails, and vitamin E which is a great antioxidant and is said to reduce people's risk of getting cancer.
I found that my son recovered his energy levels after his virus quickly whilst taking these vitamins, and although he is now getting less picky with his fruit eating, I still give him one of these a day to keep his vitamin levels up. He loves the taste, and doesn't see it as a chore to take at all. I can well recommend them.
Just as a note, the Basetts vitamins are made using gelatin (it's that ingredient which makes them chewy), which means they are not suitable for vegetarians and vegans at all.
I remembered when I was a teenager, I was a horribly fussy eater. Age 15 and hardly fitting into a size 6 in clothes, my parents started to get worried. My weight wasn't a huge deal, as according to BMI, I was only slightly underweight. My problem was the lack of vitamins I was getting. I always felt fatigue, my skin was a mess, my hair was a mess, my nails wouldn't grow and I felt down all day.
I was eating all right, I used to eat rice. All day every day I ate rice, and if I was lucky I would get some soup in there too. It got to the point where my mum have to buy me vitamins in tablet form. My problem was, I couldn't swallow tablet. We had to chop it up into a tiny power and eat it with water. The excessively salty power spread through the water and just managed to leave a salty, powdery layer along my tongue and gums that wouldn't budge. I cried for hours after my tablets, they were disgusting.
It was then we decided we were going to try a new tablet. We went to the drug store and searched around. That is when we pondered over Bassets Jelly Babies. The idea seamed heavenly compared to my sodium-sand tablets! My mum sniggered claiming they were only for toddlers. However, we read the back to find out that they were suitable for people of all ages. Desperate for solutions, we gave them a go.
I took one of the Jelly Babies and placed them in my mouth. They were chewy just like Jelly Babies, they were small just like jelly babies, they were Jellyish just like jelly babies. Except there was one difference - they tasted better than Jelly Babies! This was amazing as they were sugar free! Soo fruity, so chewy, mmm I can taste them now!
I looked at the tiny little sweet and thought, wow, Vitamins A, C, D, E all in one little sweet.
Vitamin A is required for normal growth in children and to assist good vision in dim light, helps prevent infection and protects body linings.
This vitamin is found in cheese, eggs, milk, yoghurt. Oily fish and yoghurt. Certain fruits and vegetables.
A lack of Vitamin A in the diet can lead to blindness in children and problems during pregnancy and lactation.
These tablets will be useful for those who are unable to eat dairy products, are vegan or children who refuse to eat vegetables.
Vitamin C is required to prevent infections and absorb iron.
This vitamin is found in a variety of fruits and vegetables.
A lack of Vitamin C can cause a person to be more prone to infections and can cause anaemia as iron may not absorb fully without this.
These tablets would be useful for children who do not eat dairy products and young women (who may also not eat a lot of veg) just beginning menstruation. Also those who boil their vegetables won't be gaining the full amount of Vitamin C from their foods as this vitamin is water-soluble, so these help provide a booster.
Vitamin D works with calcium to help strengthen bones and teeth.
This vitamin is found in oily fish, fortified breakfast cereals, margarine, leafy green vegetables and the sun.
A lack of vitamin D can make bones more bone to breakages and can cause rickets in old age.
These tablets would be especially useful for those who are house-bound or who do not get enough time out in the sun/
Vitamin E is an anti-oxidant vitamin which has been proven to reduce the chances of Cancer. It also helps prevent cell membranes.
This vitamin is found is in plant oils, wheat and corn.
As this vitamin is not found in a wide variety of foods, it's hard to maintain the required amount of a daily basis. This food also does not have a significant function in the body, so deficiencies are not serious. However, these tablets help a person gain the benefits of a vitamin that is not found in a lot of foods, and can help prevent such a deadly disease like cancer.
Not only did this greatly improve my general health, they contained all three anti-oxidant vitamins which are believed to be cancer-fighting and highly promoted in the UK. They were only £2.00 a box and in my opinion, saved my health.
PS. I still to this day take them!
Soft and chewy Vitamins A, C, D & E in a delicious orange or strawberry flavour. Sugar Free chewable vitamins for children aged 3 and above.