Are gummy vitamins as good as regular multi-vitamins?

Are gummy vitamins as good as regular multi-vitamins?

How do you get your daily dose of vitamins? Whether from a multi-vitamin, a gummy vitamin or a balanced diet, there are some key differences.

With the rising popularity of chewable, sweet vitamins for both adults and kids, the real question is: Do they work same? And is the gummy vitamin an adequate substitute to a standard multi-vitamin?

Experts advise to proceed with caution.

“There are two main issues with gummy vitamins,” says Dr. Yasser Said, an internal medicine physician at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill. “First, with gummy vitamins, it is harder to control the appropriate vitamin content given the manufacturing process. This means that content is more variable, and sometimes the portions that are stated on the labels are inaccurate. Second, these vitamins contain sugar. While the amount is modest for a healthy adult, accustoming a child to receiving a sugary ‘snack’ every day could be problematic.”

Gummy vitamins have one gram or more of simple sugar per vitamin, says Dr. Said.

That can add up.

Dr. Said recommends avoiding gummy vitamins for kids and sticking to only what is required for adults.

But are there benefits?

“Gummy vitamins are still a good alternative if someone can’t take other vitamins, either because they have trouble swallowing them or can’t tolerate the taste,” he explains. “They can be useful if someone has been diagnosed with a vitamin deficiency and has no other viable way of taking vitamins. Still, it’s important to note that since the dosage can be inaccurate, these types of vitamins should be avoided if someone has a severe deficiency and requires a specific daily dosage.”

Are there other groups that should steer clear of the gummy vitamin?

“Patients with severe diabetes should avoid them as well as younger children,” says Dr. Said. “While they may taste good, it’s important to note that all that tastes good is NOT good for you!”

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  1. Based on my research, gummy vitamins should be a last resort. They offer little nutrient value. The best option for vitamins is something in an isotonic state. There are high quality nutraceutical grade supplements on the market that have an isotonic delivery system. No binders, fillers or coatings. These nutrient dense isotonic solutions move from the stomach into the intestines in a fast, controlled way making them bioavailable and maximally absorbed. Children and people who have difficulty swallowing pills can easily drink this powder mixed with water. Something to consider if people are looking for the most effective options for supplementation.

  2. Why does it seem so many companies are going to the gummies? None of needs extra sugar. I buy my vitamins at Costco, and it seems that’s all they carry now in many brands. It’s frustrating.

  3. I have been wondering about gummies being a good option. I noticed that too they don’t include some vitamins that the tablet has!

  4. Eric McBride, PharmD, RPh March 25, 2019 at 6:42 pm · Reply

    Great article, couldn’t agree more! Gummy vitamins are becoming really popular, so more education about the potential downfalls is needed. We just wrote about this same topic on our blog a couple weeks ago!

    Great read, Jackie – keep the great content coming!

  5. Lynette KULPINSKI March 25, 2019 at 8:13 pm · Reply

    We want children to take medicine when necessary, why make something like vitamins to appear like candy. I wouldn’t take them or give them to children if I had young children.

  6. I am an adult and I wish you would just answer your question. Are gummy vitamins as good as regular multi-vitamins? Is taking daily gummy vitamins better than taking no vitamins? What about non-gummy chewable vitamins?

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Jackie Hughes
Jackie Hughes

Jacqueline Hughes is a former manager, media relations at Advocate Aurora Health. Previously, she was the public affairs and marketing manager at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL. She earned her BA in psychology at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. Jackie has 10 plus years experience working in television and media and most recently worked at NBC 5 in Chicago. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, going to the movies and spending time with her family.