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Bariatric Advantage Lemon Calcium Citrate Chew

BA says:

Calcium Citrate that tastes like dessert – Wow! After weight loss surgery, many people are required to take a lot of calcium. At Bariatric Advantage, we recognize that providing different flavors and forms of this important nutrient helps assure compliance and makes taking large amounts of calcium much easier. Our Calcium Citrate Chewy Bites deliver 250 mg of elemental calcium as calcium citrate in a delicious chew. They also contain 125 IU of vitamin D3 for healthy absorption. These chews are sugar-free as well, so you don’t have to worry about getting extra carbs while you get the calcium you need. Each chew is individually wrapped so you can take them with you wherever you go.
Serving Size: 1 chew

Nutrient Amount %DV
Calories 15    
Total Carbohydrate 3 g 1%*
Sugars 0 g
Sugar Alcohol 3 g
Vitamin D 125 IU 31%
Calcium (from Calcium Citrate) 250 mg 25%
Sodium 10 mg 10%

MM says, "They taste like lemonheads."


But chewy, like a Starburst.


The longer version:  I could smell the bites IN the container they were shipped in.  I ripped open one and chew it immediately - the first impression was truly, "WOW."  The bites are sort of dense and hard, you gotta really chew and chew, but they taste amazing.  They start out like a thick fruit-chew candy, and end breaking up and dissolving, not stringy or sticky.  The bites do have a texture - a 'grit' - like all calcium citrate products, but not enough to bug me in the least.  It was suggested that I give the bites a rub-down next time pre-chewing, and as they get warm, the texture melt-i-fies and gets gooey and you lose the grit.


As for the calorie impact of these chews - I have already seen people wigging out because it's OMG! 15 calories!  15 x's 5 even = 75 calories!  The horror!  Maybe I would have freaked as a baby post op, only taking in 500 calories.  How-ever.  I am a grandma post-op now, and 75-100 calories is equivalent to a slice of cheese over the course of one day.  /rant

Also, the price, "aren't these expensive?" 

  • 7 a day x 15 calories= 105 cals (but you don't have to eat 'em all-- could take tablets too)
    7 a day x 3 carbs= 21 carbs
    13 cents a piece (in lg quantities)
    91 cents a day for all your calcium needs
    $27.45 a month if this is your only calcium supplementation.


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The nutrition:  the bites contain 250 mgs of calcium citrate and 125 mgs of Vitamin D, each.   They are sweetened with a non-nutritive sweetener, polyglycitol, and also sucralose (Splenda):

"Polyglycitol syrups are a specialty category of hydrogenated starch hydrolysates. These syrups are based on sorbitol and maltitol, both of which are present in levels less than 50%. They contain lesser amounts of hydrogenated oligo- and polysaccharides and maltotriitol. Syrup is its typical form, but it can also be dried and supplied as a solid product."


  • Product - Bariatric Advantage Lemon Calcium Citrate Chew
  • Via - Bariatric Advantage
  • Price - $9.99
  • Pros - I'm reverting back to elementary school as you read this, remembering those little boxes of candy.  I am calling it a PRO, I don't care if you're over there worried that I am equating this taste with candy.  So, yeah, they're tasty, and perfect for our post gastric bypass needs.
  • Cons - ...that are also a pro, I have to take a lot per day to hit my goal.  Calcium citrate is a huge mineral - the bites would be a mouthful if they were made to 500 mg. each anyway.
  • Rating - Pouchworthy, MM.  I would suggest these to non-WLS'ers also, who need additional calcium, and are diabetic or would rather not have sugary calcium chews.

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