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):
- 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.