The Dark History of the Flintstones Vitamins

did you ever take Flintstones vitamins

as a child you're not alone The

Flintstones TV show aired in 1960 but it

wasn't until 1968 that the show's

vitamins were introduced even though the

cartoon was originally targeted towards

adults it became immensely popular among

children and teenagers as a result the

company started selling a variety of

merchandise to boost sales in 1968 one

popular new marketing scheme was to sell

chewy vitamins in the shape of the

Flintstones characters despite the

products instant popularity Flintstones

vitamins suffer from a surprisingly dark

history in today's video we're going to

take a look at the not so sweet past of

this product make sure you stick around

until the end of the video where we'll

reveal a dangerous product that the same

company also sponsored facts first

presents the dark history of the

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at first glance everything about

Flintstones vitamins seems like a good


each vitamin depicts a cute and colorful

character that your kids will be sure to

love and to make it even better they're

supposed to be nutritious for your

children as well

the idea was children would take in

essential minerals and nutrients in one

tasty treat it seemed like every

parent's dream come true however after a

closer look you'll discover that these

vitamins aren't all they claim to be to

truly understand the dark history behind

these vitamins we first have to look at

how they came to be the Flintstones was

a hit TV series that aired between 1960

and 66 even though it was first created

over 50 years ago it remains popular to

this day the zany Stone Age characters

were fun and colorful for children to

watch and they quickly became enamored

of characters like Fred and Betty the

designs were bright simple and easy to

market this led to the creator's selling

tons of merchandise as a way to make

extra money in 1960 the very same year

that the Flintstones aired on television

another important invention was created

that would seal the fate of Flintstones

vitamins miles laboratory a company that

specialized in making vitamins invented

a new product called chalks chalks were

marketed solely towards children and

were supposed to be more appetizing than

regular pill form vitamins scientists

had a hard time figuring out whether

these vitamins were good for kids or not

but parents didn't want to listen to

anything bad about these new treats the

vitamins were advertised as being


even though they looked and tasted like

candy kids are obsessed and parents like

that it got children more interested in

their health chalks were incredibly

popular but miles laboratory had an even

better idea in 1968 after they noticed

just how popular the Flintstones were

becoming they asked to team up with the

TV show creators their idea turned the

lovable cartoon characters into

delicious little vitamins the original

characters used in the new vitamins

included Fred pebbles bamm-bamm Dino

Barney and the Flintstones car

unfortunately even though the vitamins

slowly added new characters over the

years the character Betty wasn't granted

the same opportunity the fact that Betty

didn't have a vitamin of her own became

a hotly debated issue nationwide one

rock band in Atlanta even named

themselves Betty's not a vitamin which

was which was deemed clever enough to

earn a spot on the top 100 best band

names in 1994 a campaign was launched

for people to vote on whether or not

Betty should be turned into a vitamin as

well it might seem silly nowadays but at

the time it was a pretty big deal 17,000

people called a 1-800 number of vote and

3,000 people even voted in person at

specially designed stone age voting

booths the results turned out to be a


91% of voters were in favor of Betty in

1995 Betty finally earned a vitamin of

her own click the like button if you're

happy Betty was finally granted a spot

alongside the other Flintstones vitamins

as you probably already guessed from the

sheer number of people who turned up to

vote for Betty the vitamins were an

instant hit parents couldn't say no to

kids begging for vitamins after all they

were supposed to be healthy right

scientists and members of the Food and

Drug Administration felt otherwise no

matter how hard miles laboratory tried

to convince everyone their product was


skeptics remained after some research

scientists discovered that the

Flintstones vitamins were far less

healthy than the advertisements led

customers to believe countless products

claimed to be healthy but if you take a

closer look at the list of ingredients

they contain you'll probably find

they're laced with all sorts of


sadly Flintstones vitamins are no

different the first ingredient listed in

Flintstones vitamins is granulated

calcium carbonate which isn't all that

bad a lot of people take this substance

in pure form to get a healthy dose of

calcium as you probably already know

calcium is essential for your bones and

teeth and it can help prevent

osteoporosis later in life a less

commonly known fact about

calcium however is that it also helps

with muscle movement as well as nerve

transmissions so at least the first

ingredient of Flintstones vitamins

passed the health check but that doesn't

mean every ingredient is just as healthy

the second ingredient and therefore the

second most abundant ingredient found in

the product is sorbitol sorbitol is used

as a replacement for sugar and is used

to sweeten the vitamins of course some

sort of sweet ingredient is to be

expected after all children wouldn't

love the vitamin so much if they didn't

taste like candy

however sorbitol is even worse for your

body than sugar --is sorbitol is

commonly used in laxative which means it

can give you stomach cramps and nausea

along with a very serious case of

diarrhea if you eat too much sorbitol

you'll likely experience a whole lot of

discomfort as well as dehydration if you

consume between 10 to 50 grams of

sorbitol as an adult you'll be certain

to experience these uncomfortable

symptoms the worst part however is that

it takes an even smaller quantity to

affect children even though the vitamins

were released in 1968 it wasn't until

1999 that the Center for Science in the

Public Interest created a petition that

spoke out against the use of sorbitol

the group wanted the FDA to require

products to include a warning about the

adverse effects of sorbitol

unfortunately the group was unsuccessful

and the FDA didn't feel the warning was

necessary Flintstones vitamins also

contains unhealthy additives such as

fructose and artificial colorings

research suggests the excessive

consumption of fructose which is a kind

of sugar can lead to diabetes because

it's more difficult for our bodies to

digest artificial colorings can also

have adverse effects one study even

suggests that certain artificial colors

can lead to ADHD another argument

against vitamins is that they shouldn't

be necessary in the first place

scientists argue that it's unhealthy to

become dependent on the use of vitamins

because you should be receiving all the

nutrients you need through a healthy

diet if you feel you need vitamins to

stay healthy you should be focusing on

eating more whole grains and vegetables

instead overall scientists agree that

Flintstones vitamins are an unnecessary

and sugary addition to an everyday diet

and they aren't nearly as healthy as

advertisements make them out to be of

course in some cases vitamins can be

beneficial to your health people with

dietary restrictions such as vegetarians

can find a lot of benefits to vitamins

however in those cases it's always

better to take vitamins that are made

with natural ingredients rather than

ones with unhealthy chemicals and

dairy additives despite the early

discussion among scientists about the

unhealthy aspects of Flintstone vitamins

they remain popular today many parents

grew up eating the vitamins when they

were young and they've passed the habit

on to their children furthermore

Flintstones vitamins aren't the only

unhealthy advertisement to come out of

the TV show one of the biggest scandals

surrounding the series is that the show

used to advertise for a much more

dangerous product in one episode of The

Flintstones characters Fred and Barney

take a break to smoke Winston brand

cigarettes Winston was one of the first

sponsors to talk to the Flintstones

about advertising their products a

rather sinister idea considering the

show is most popular among children and

teens of course this advertisement was

mostly a product of the times cigarettes

were immensely popular in the 60s and

70s and laws had not yet been created

that banned cigarette companies from

advertising their products to minors

however it's irrefutable that the

cigarette ads were a terrible influence

on children in the TV show Fred even

says Winston tastes good like a

cigarette should which was meant to

entice young people to try smoking these

days that sort of ad would be stamped

out immediately modern research has

finally helped us realize just how

dangerous cigarettes are especially when

it comes to cancer overall it's

important to recognize that things

aren't always as they seem

Flintstones vitamins may be advertised

as a healthy addition to any child's

diet but the ingredient list proves


while vitamins and similar supplements

can be helpful in some cases it's

usually best to rely on a healthy diet

filled with plenty of vegetables if you

do want to take vitamins you should

avoid Flintstones vitamins which contain

a variety of unhealthy chemicals and

sugars do you still take Flintstones

vitamins or do you avoid them let us

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