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For each brand, I give a link to their site (above), a break down of the products I reviewed, and at bottom more information about each company. For each product, I list the information printed on the package, the ingredients, nutrition information, cost (from Amazon), and my thoughts on the product. I gave each to my 22 month old daughter and tried them myself, so that I could give her impression and my feedback.
I squirted 1 ml into my daughter's mouth, and she opened for more. I proceeded to squirt 2 more mls (the total RDA) in and she happily took them down. I then tried it - yuck! Tastes very fishy. But, it is meant to be taken with food, which would mask the flavor.
We each had one - very tasty. Like gummy candy. She wanted more!
We each tried one (chewing, not swallowing). I bit down, and the oil squirted out of the capsule into my mouth - pleasant neutral taste (slightly strawberry-flavored). I swallowed the oil, but was left with the rather thick capsule. I just spit it out. She happily chewed away, enjoying (and eventually swallowing) the capsule as well.
The label for the infant's DHA lists the amount of DHA and EPA per 4 ml (a serving size is 1 to 4 ml). The Children's DHA lists a serving size as 2.5 ml. When you correct you are getting the same amount of DHA and EPA per serving. But you get 8 ounces here as compared to 2 ounces. For way less than 4 times as much. What you are not getting is the higher levels of D3 in the infant. This one also has a strawberry taste that the infant does not. So if you are buying this for DHA and EPA, this is a much better per ounce price.
I put 1/2 teaspoon of the liquid in a measuring spoon and gave it to my daughter. She swallowed it happily, but didn't want more. I tried it myself - ugh! Fishy. Very slight fruit punch flavor, but hardly noticeable. Would recommend mixing with food as suggested.
I put 1 teaspoon of the liquid in a measuring spoon and gave it to my daughter. She swallowed it happily, but didn't want more. I tried it myself - yum! No fish taste, very lemony and sweet. I really liked it - not sure why she didn't want more! I did!
We both took this directly from a spoon. Very slight flavor, pleasant - mostly neutral. We both would have taken more.
I gave her one of these gels, and she said "candy" with a big smile on her face. She chewed it up, swallowed it down, and asked for more. I had one - again, pleasant, neutral taste with a slight hint of berry flavor. The capsule was very thin - easy to chew up and swallow.
We each had one. Yum! They are sweet, like candy. We could have both had more!
They also have the option to "adopt" a manatee - these make great gifts!
Manatee Kid Zone
The Save the Manatee site has a great page just for kids! And another for educators! Whether you're a teacher looking for classroom materials, or a parent looking for fun activities to do with your kids, you're sure to find something usable! Here and here are links to a bunch of free manatee stuff. Enjoy!
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The sheer amount of pollution coming out of feed lots is devastating to the local environment (air and water).
The production of food animals consumes a vast amount of natural resources (such as water, fossil fuels, and topsoil).
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