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Marymoose and the chewy vitamin gimmick!
Bassett's On The Go Vitamins
Member Name: marymoose
Bassett's On The Go Vitamins
Advantages: Taste nice, good if have trouble swallowing pills
Disadvantages: Expensive, and the one I'm reviewing isn't a multivitamin
I love a freebie, and was quite excited when we were at Euston Station in October and they were giving out little pots (I'm not really sure whether to describe this as a pot or a tube) of Bassetts on the Go Vitamins. I NEARLY went back for more, but in the end decided not to.
Since I take a multivitamin most days (just occasionally I forget), I thought this was an ideal product for me to try. I had one then and there, and then put the tube in my bag, to mostly be forgotten about aside from when I'm away and am having a tidy up of my bag!
---The tube of delights!---
There are 15 Citrus flavoured pastilles in the tube (I think tube is more appropriate than pot, it's a bit like half a tube of Smarties). Mine has on a best before date of January 2013, so it's just as well I only have a couple left, and will now finish over the next couple of days!
The tube is made of plastic, and covered in a slightly shiny silver paper. There is a purple lid, and the word "Vitality" in green (which is obviously a different vitamin from the one in dooyoo's picture which says 'Maintain'). I find this ever so slightly misleading, as with the purple I wrongly assumed that these vitamins would be blackcurrant flavoured.
---What's in them---
These "Vitality" pastilles that I'm reviewing specifically only contain a selection of B Vitamins, so if you're used to a multivitamin, then these probably won't suit (there are however other products in the range). If however you are just after B vitamins, then these will probably be ideal. They contain Vitamins B6 and B12 (which I believe are important for good mental health), Riboflavin, and Pantothenic Acid - they contain 100% of the RDA of these.
They do contain quite a few ingredients, including gelatine, so aren't suitable for vegetarians. It says that they contain natural colours, but does warn that they contain sulphites.
Obviously like any supplements, these should not be used as a substitute for a balanced diet. However, I do believe that supplements have their place, and can boost health, especially during times when your body might not be getting all it needs from food, for whatever reason.
---The taste test---
Unlike normal vitamin supplements which you swallow, these are to be chewed. Each pastille is about 1cm by 1.5cm, and an orange colour with lines going across ways. They smell only very mildly of orange. On chewing, the flavour is slightly unusual (I can confirm though that it hasn't changed since they have past their best before date) - it is definitely orange flavoured, but slightly bitter. Not unpleasant as such, but I don't think that it will be to everyone's taste.
I think they are nice enough (a bit like wine gums), and am always tempted after one to have another, but I don't since I don't want to overload on vitamins. These pastilles are only suitable for those over 12, so although they look and taste like sweets, it's even more important that they're kept out of reach of children.
Personally I think these are a gimmick, and have only tried them as they were free. I am going to stick with my multivitamin tablets and fish oil supplements which I feel give me everything that I need (in addition to my balanced diet!). I do like the taste of these even if slightly unusual, although they do leave a bit of an aftertaste But really I don't see the point, unless you have a big problem swallowing small pills (I suppose these are useful if you have no water to hand too) and want to take a supplement which only contains vitamin B.
Of course Bassetts do a load of other types, such as Vitamin C and immune support. They do actually do a multivitamin as well, so you don't actually have to buy a million different pastilles!
A 15 pack costs an astonishing £2.47 in Asda which is 16.5p each (a nice little freebie then and wish I'd got more than one!) which is a lot more than I can afford. They can probably be found for less elsewhere, but I'm sticking with supermarket own brand vitamins for now.
Summary: Taste nice but a gimmick in my opinion!