I noticed my label says "Upgraded Formula." What does this mean?
We're in the process of upgrading our formulas across the board...
Our commitment to science-based nutrition is delivering the highest-quality nutrients available, in forms that the body prefers and can easily use, to help fill typical nutrient gaps in the Western diet.
When it comes to ingredients and the amounts to include, we have always based our formulas on the latest scientific research and recommendations by the Health & Medicine Division of the National Academies (the “HMD,” formerly known as the Institute of Medicine / “IOM”).
The HMD conducts comprehensive research and generates nutrient recommendations into 22 life-stage groups based on age, gender, reproductive status and other population characteristics that could potentially influence the adequacy and safety of a given nutrient intake.
This commitment to the latest science is one of the exciting, albeit complex, aspects to SmartyPants supplements. And a prime reason why we are currently reformulating our products, taking into consideration the latest research to continue to tailor SmartyPants to the populations our products are serving, and adding even more nutrients in the process or reducing the amounts of others as advised by the latest scientific recommendations.
Then why have the daily recommended values changed? Well, that’s a longer story.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (the “FDA”) regulates the supplement industry to ensure that companies are including what’s inside their products on the supplement fact panel.
Here’s where it gets tricky… the “daily nutrient value” recommendations are based on only 4 life-stage groups and haven’t been updated since the 1960s (as opposed to the HMD, which updates their recommendations every 5 years and divides them into 22 life-stage groups).
But, for the first time in 50 years the FDA has updated the recommended daily nutrient values (%DV) based on the latest research by the HMD.
To be compliant with these new regulations, supplement companies are required to update their labels to reflect the HMD’s latest findings by January, 1 2020. Spurred by our commitment to innovation and producing only the highest-quality supplements, we’re updating our formulas and labels ahead of the deadline.
Given the complexity of the manufacturing process, with some retailers like Costco, for example, our reformulated products will hit the shelves with updated supplement facts but without an updated front-of-label communicating the changes.
We apologize if this has caused any confusion or alarm, but we can assure you the supplement facts are valid and up-to-date with the latest regulatory standards. And at SmartyPants, we go the extra step to 3rd party lab test each batch for purity, potency and safety.
In 2020, you will see adjustments to all supplement facts based on these new recommendations. We’re just a little ahead of the game.
We understand this is a lot to take in and we appreciate your patience and understanding as this complex process unfolds. We want to be as transparent as possible with our consumers, so please don’t hesitate to follow up with any additional questions and we will try our best to answer accordingly.
Why did you reformulate? I thought the original product was supposed to be the best?
Nutritional science never stops, and neither does our research and development team.
Just because our product has hit the shelves doesn’t mean we are done making it the best it possibly can be.
That’s why our newly-upgraded multifunctional SmartyPants Formulas include even more premium ingredients based on the FDA's new recommendations, the latest science and recommendations from the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences (formerly the Institute of Medicine) and our Scientific Advisory board.
By 2020, all supplement companies need to update their labels according to new FDA regulations. But, as usual, we’re a bit ahead of the rest of the industry. We arrive early because we work every day to be the smarter way to healthier.
This ensures we’re using the highest-quality ingredients available to help fill a range of nutrient gaps in the Western diet.
People love SmartyPants. The functionality of our all-in-one format. Our premium ingredients. Responsible sourcing. Eco-friendly packaging. But they expect more. Which is why we’re always rethinking, reworking, making SmartyPants better… day after day.
Why did the name change from Complete to Formula?
We’re relentless in pursuing innovation, so in a sense, our products are never finished, but “works in progress.”
While we want to communicate the comprehensive nature of our supplements, we also want to focus on always getting better. We felt like calling our products “Complete” didn’t capture completely our drive to be the best we can, as with our current reformulation work, so we decided to change. Hence, “Formula.”
Do they still have the same ingredients? What has changed nutritionally?
Our newly-upgraded multifunctional SmartyPants Formulas have all the same nutrients you’ve come to love, plus even more premium ingredients like:
- Vitamin K2 in the premium form MK7 and K1 for bone health*
- Vitamin B6 in the active form P5P for energy*
- Vitamin A as beta carotene and retinyl palmitate to support eyesight*
- Vitamin C, an antioxidant for immune support*
- Choline as Vitacholine
- Niacin as inositol niacitate
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Is there a difference in the sensory experience?
One of the nutrients added to our newly-upgraded multifunctional SmartyPants Formulas is Vitamin A as beta carotene—the nutrient that makes carrots orange. Because of this, you may notice that our gummies may look a little more sun-kissed, but the great taste and velvety texture have remained the same.
Do they taste different?
Nope! Despite adding even more nutrients and now only containing 6 grams of sugar, our newly-upgraded multifunctional SmartyPants Formulas have the same delicious flavors and great taste.
Has the amount of sugar per serving changed?
Adding new nutrients and improving legacy ingredients is a complex process.
To ensure that our newly-upgraded SmartyPants Formulas maintain our standards of great taste, our Kids Formulas contain the same amount of sugar as before.
However, our Men’s, Women’s and Prenatal Formulas now contain only 6 grams of sugar per serving. So now you can enjoy the same great taste, with even more nutrients.
Are they different sizes?
Thanks to the latest breakthroughs in gummy science, despite adding more nutrients, we managed to make our Men’s, Women’s and Prenatal Formula gummies even smaller! Our Kids Formula gummies have stayed about the same size.