Dr. Susan Marie Fluegel, PHD

Tally Kids Nutrition

Dr. Susan Marie Fluegel, PHD. Nutritional Biochemist.
Dr. Susan Marie Fluegel, PHD. Nutritional Biochemist.​​

a nutritious plant-based milk for children that parents can trust

Hello! My name is Susan Marie Fluegel, I am a nutritional biochemist and the nutritional formulator behind Tally Kids. I wrote this for you, the parent, to outline step by step the research & thought process behind the vitamin package inside Tally Kids. This article is fully referenced.

With Tally Kids, our goal was clear. To design a nutritious plant-based milk for children that parents can trust. We have accomplished that with this formula and vitamin package. 

I am thankful to Jon & Kyle for building this product following my exact recommendations.

For questions and comments, I can be reached through our company mailbox, info@drinktally.com 

Tally Kids Nutrition

Tally Kids Chickpea Milk Vitamin Package
Tally Kids Chickpea Milk Vitamin Package​​

Vitamins and minerals work together!

And Kids Need B-Vitamins Every Day.

Proper nutrition will boost your child’s daily life and mental health. Nutrition in childhood even determines kids’ susceptibility to diseases like diabetes, heart disease, cancer and metabolic disorders later in life.

Right away I knew we needed to add the whole vitamin B-complex: B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine), B7 (biotin), B9 (folate [folic acid]) and B12 (cobalamin). B-vitamins work together, so a deficiency in any one B-vitamin can reduce energy production; this can cause negative metabolic and health outcomes (Tardy et al. 2020).

B vitamins work in concert with other vitamins, minerals and micronutrients

  • All eight B-vitamins plus vitamin C, iron and magnesium work together to support energy metabolism and growth. The B-complex as a group is essential for optimal physiological and neurological (brain) functioning. (Kennedy et al. 2016, Ali et al. 2022)
  • In Kids (8-11 years old) increased intake of B-vitamins was associated with improved cognitive performance. (Raine et al. 2021)
  • Children with autism spectrum disorder have been shown to have inadequate levels of B-vitamins and choline and may need additional supplementation of these nutrients. (Jennings and Basiri 2022, Ali et al. 2022).
  • Low intake of B-vitamins has been associated with poor mental health and behavioral problems in teenagers. (Herbison et al. 2012)
  • Consuming adequate amounts of B-vitamins, vitamin C, iron, magnesium and zinc helps to maintain normal brain function while contributing to well-being by reducing perceived mental and physical fatigue and favoring a positive mood. (Tardy et al. 2020)

Did You Know? Diet can influence your genetics through epigenetic changes

Epigenetics is how your diet and environment changes how your genes work (Tiffon 2018)

Several nutrients, including B2, B6, folate, B12, choline, magnesium, zinc and vitamin D are involved in an epigenetic process called methylation

In methylation a methyl group (CH3) is added to DNA which influences gene expression (the ability of the gene to code for proteins). Methylation can turn genes on or off or modify what proteins the genes create. (Amenyah et al. 2020)

Methylation is used to:

1) Create phosphatidylcholine; an important neurotransmitter that plays a role in memory and supports metabolic health.

2) Synthesize and modify proteins. Protein methylation helps regulate different cellular and biological processes.

3) Make methyl groups (CH3) which attach to DNA to help modify genes. Proper methylation of genes protects your children from future diseases such as cancer, autoimmune disorders, metabolic disorders, and neurological disorders (Jin and Liu 2018)

Besides the B-complex, other dynamic groups of nutrients play a role

  • Dynamic Group: Calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin K and vitamin D are essential for bone development and energy metabolism. These nutrients work together to support cardiac, respiratory, and neurological performance. (Tsugawa and Shiraki 2020, Escobedo-Monge et al. 2022)
  • Dynamic Group: Calcium, potassium, phosphate, magnesium and sodium are essential electrolytes for nerve and muscle health. Electrolytes regulate nerve and muscle function, regulate hydration and balance blood acidity. Whenever kids become dehydrated due to activity or illness, they need to replace these electrolytes. 
  • Dynamic Group: Magnesium, zinc, iron, vitamin A, folate and alpha linolenic acid (ALA) are important for optimal functioning of the immune system (Wessels et al. 2017, Venter et al. 2020, Luan et al. 2022, Weyh et al. 2022). These nutrients help the innate and the adaptive immune system defenses fight against pathogens as well as regulate inflammation.
  • Dynamic Group: Vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, selenium and zinc work as antioxidants (Jayedi et al. 2018, Luan et al. 2022). They help stabilize free radicals and prevent oxidative stress. Oxidative stress contributes to inflammation and chronic diseases.

But Some nutrients prefer solo roles

These nutrients single handedly support your child’s body, brain and mental health

  • Consuming α-linolenic acid oil (ALA) increases brain-derived neurotrophic factors (BDNF) levels in adults (Hadjighassem et al. 2015). BDNF promotes the growth and survival of new brain cells and helps with learning and memory. ALA plays a vital role in children’s growth and development (Yang and Huffman 2013). The FDA recommends children and infants get 0.5-0.9 g/ALA/day.
  • Supplementing an infant’s or young child’s diet with Choline supports normal brain development, protects the brain against adverse neural and metabolic conditions and improves nervous system and cognitive functioning (Derbyshire and Obeid 2020).
  • Children (4-7 years old) who were picky eaters, had poor development levels or low physical activity level had a higher incidence of Zinc deficiency (Chao et al 2021).
  • Moderate Iodine deficiency in children (9-10 years old with suspected attention deficient disorder) was associated with hyperactivity, as well as problems with comprehension, learning, perception and attention (Kanık Yüksek et al. 2016).
  • Vitamin K deficiency was common in children with inflammatory bowel disorders; 44% of kids with ulcerative colitis and 54% of kids with Crohn's disease, had a vitamin K deficiency (Nowak et al. 2014).
  • Vitamin C is vital for making collagen, carnitine, and neuropeptides; wound healing; and regulation of gene expression (Cimmino et al. 2018).
  • Magnesium helps people calm down by activating the parasympathetic nervous system. This is the system responsible for reducing stress while helping you relax (Pickering et al. 2020). Magnesium is a signaling molecule that regulates the heart, neurons and blood pressure. It is involved in over 800 enzymes, many which are involved in energy (ATP) production (Fiorentini et al. 2021, Mathew and Panonnummal 2021).
  • Furthermore, a higher intake of Magnesium was associated with less externalizing behaviors; such as physical aggression, verbal bullying, relational aggression, defiance, theft, and vandalism; in teenagers (14-17 years old) (Black et al. 2015).

Tally Kids vitamin potency is safe for even the smallest kids

Sometimes, what you leave out of a formula is just as important as what you include.

I chose not to add several essential minerals; namely selenium, copper, and manganese; to Tally Kids. These nutrients are required in such very small amounts by children and are present in some of our ingredients naturally that additional fortification is not necessary. 

I also made sure we kept our vitamin and mineral potency low to account for more than one serving per day of an 8oz glass of Tally Kids. I did this by basing our potency on the FDA recommendations for children aged 1-3. This ensures our nutrient mix is optimal for children of all ages.   


We worked hard to design this Tally Kids formula and are immensely proud of the nutritional fortification we are providing for children. I hope you and your child enjoy the nutritional benefits of Tally Kids for many years to come!


Tally Kids Chickpea Milk Nutritional Label
Tally Kids Chickpea Milk Nutritional Label​​
Tally Kids Original Chickpea Milk


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