||[Dec. 4th, 2006|09:12 pm]
Here I thought I would be all virtuous and start on a multivitamin a week before beginning my new job, to see if it would help my general level of energy. I even conferred with the pharmacist at Walgreen's to pick out one that would have what I needed.
So this afternoon I took my first one, and as I was swallowing it, I happened to read on the back of the box:
"Contains: Fish (cod, pollock, hake, cusk, redfish) and soy."
This was in the tiniest little letters you can imagine, squeezed between the ingredients list (which lists nothing identifiable as a fish product) and the large-lettered "WARNING" regarding children overdosing on iron-containing products.
I have a fish/seafood allergy. A scary, anaphylactic-style fish/seafood allergy. The kind you can die from. Haven't had a reaction since I was little, but still. Now, I happen to know I have come in oral contact with small amounts of fish in the past without ill effects, though I haven't swallowed any. But I don't take risks and I'm pretty good at identifying stuff before I put it in my mouth. You'd think I would know by now to read the WHOLE label of anything I'm going to eat!
When you think about it, how much fish can actually be in a One-A-Day multivitamin pill? If even half the nutrients have fish-related origins (and I'm sure it's less than that), that's still not much fish content. I'm not overly worried. But I don't think I still have an epi-pen in case of reaction. So...it's a bit of a gamble.
Also, I now have 119 One-A-Day Women's multivitamins I can't use. Anyone want them? I don't know what I'll take instead. There are quite a few vegetarian options out there (the easiest way to avoid fish products in food supplements being to avoid animal products, period) but the ones I've tried give me tummy upset. Maybe I'll go back to Flintstones...!