From the laid-back Lazy Larry character to the colorfully-packaged sweet chocolate, this product screams of youth appeal. Lazy Cakes, at a glance, appear to be a single-serving, kid-friendly, gourmet-type brownie; the kind of special treat you might even toss into a child’s school lunch bag. But parents beware, this is no typical brownie. When you take a close look at the label, you will see this product contains a variety of herbal ingredients along with the caution, "recommended for adults only."
What kind of brownie isn’t made for kids? The kind that contains a potent mix of herbs, like Valerian Root Extract, Passionflower and Melatonin, to name a few. How is it a brownie that is unsafe for children and teens can be marketed and sold to them legally? The herbal ingredients in this product are not considered food products, and therefore have not undergone FDA approval.
But just because they are legal does not mean they are not dangerous. In fact, according to the National Poison Control Center, more calls come in related to Melatonin use than any other herb or supplement. Commonly reported side effects include fatigue, headache, irritability, disorientation, confusion, sleepwalking, vivid dreams and nightmares.
Lazy Cakes contain an adult-sized dosage of melatonin, which according to medical experts, is enough to cause seizures in youth.
Parents: Know! to read labels and beware of any product that contains Melatonin or other herbal ingredients. Consult a physician before using supplements of any type to help you or your child relax or sleep.*
* There is currently no recommended ‘safe’ dose for melatonin supplements. Side effects are likely to increase with higher doses, and will differ among individuals.
* Healthcare providers warn that melatonin can adversely interact with other medications. Do not begin use without first talking with your doctor.
Sources: MayoClinic.com, University of Maryland Medical Center
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