The following email exchange was forwarded to me by my friend Bridget.
Sent: Thursday, June 28, 2012 3:11 pm
Subject: Unflavored vitalets
I was writing with some specific questions regarding the Children’s unflavored vitalets. I have twin girls who are corn intolerant. One reacts with tummy pain, the other with sore throat/headache/tummy pain and behavior changes. They react to corn derived ingredients, even those that we have been told the protein is removed, it should be fine.
We were recommended your brand by the dietician in the GI clinic. She assured me they were hypoallergenic and corn free.
I am curious as to the sources of the ingredients in the vitalets, specifically mannitol, sorbitol, citric acid, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, cellulose, natural flavors.
I would greatly appreciate any information you can give me about this. We need a multivitamin but it has been hard to find one they don’t react to.
Even those of you who don’t speak Allergy understand that Bridget’s girls CANNOT INGEST CORN, right?
Date: June 29, 2012, 3:11 pm
Subject: Re: unflavored vitalets
Dear Ms. S_______,
Thank you for email. Our vitalets are corn free. There is no corn in them. The mannitol and sorbitol are derived from tapioca sugar. The citric acid is derived from corn starch. The vitamin E oil is derived from natural vegetable oils mixed with soybean oil. The vitamin C is derived from the glucose of corn. The cellulose is derived from plant source, specifically spruce, pine and fir trees. The natural flavors in our flavored Vitalets are the natural fruits (orange, raspberry, carob) that have been dehydrated and crushed into powder.
Your daughters should not react to our Vitalets. We have Vitalets in orange, raspberry and unflavored if you would like to try them. You can give your daughters 1/4 of a tablet or so to see how they react. If you would like to try our Vitalets, please let us know which variety you would like and please provide us with your mailing address.
If you have any other questions, please let us know. Have a good day!
I have questions!
1. Was this reply was written by Ted L. Nancy for a new Letters from a Nut book? (Bridget assures me it’s the real deal.)
2. Could, perhaps, corn starch and glucose of corn (the latter is just a fancy way of saying high fructose corn syrup) be derived from a non-corn source? Like, maybe…carrots? According to Wikipedia, the answer is no.
3. Did Freeda Vitamins (who names their kid that, BTW? Terrible.), actually read Bridget’s letter? Particularly the part where she very explicitly states that her children cannot ingest corn in any form?
4. How does this level of ignorant exist and run a business?
5. Is corn only corn if it’s still on the cob?