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 the 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. As an informed healthcare professional, I would never recommend a gummy vitamin. We need to do a better job as healthcare professionals educating consumers about effective supplementation. There are isotonic and bioavailable supplements that are healthcare grade, science based and evidence based that we should be recommending to our patients. I lead a post stroke support group last week, and what I can tell you is patients want this information and they want it from healthcare professionals. I feel we are doing a huge disservice to our team members and patients by not educating ourselves about this and in turn educating them.

  2. What if you can’t swallow pills? What is a good alternative?

  3. I think any form of vitamin is better than no vitamins at all. 1 gram of sugar and you condemn the product…… like Debbie mention these gummy vitamins are helpful for people who have a hard time getting a tablet down. Like I said taking a vitamin is good, and if the gummy works for you then that’s a plus. Instead of shooting down this method…maybe more work need to be done to improve the delivery system…instead of just kicking it to the curb.

  4. Isotonic vitamins are a powder mixed with water so they are perfect for people who can’t swallow tablets or capsule vitamins. Based on my research, isotonic vitamins are the most effective and bioavailable supplement on the market. Drinking an isotonic supplement is like getting your vitamins through an IV minus the needle. I wish more people knew about it including healthcare professionals. Isotonic vitamins have been life changing for me and my family.

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