With so many supplements and vitamins on the market, it can be difficult to decide which ones are the best and which ones should be avoided. One of the biggest questions we get asked is how beneficial gummy vitamins are compared to traditional supplements. So we thought we’d take the time to properly answer it! Read on to find out all you need to know about gummy vitamins and whether they’re the right type of supplement for you.
What are gummy vitamins?Gummy vitamins are a type of supplement that are chewable, soft and often brightly coloured. Because they’re designed to be chewed, they’re often flavoured and taste like various fruits or sweets. Whilst they were initially made with children in mind - what child would say no to a bright orange bear shaped fruit gummy even if it was a vitamin? - gummies for adults are now just as popular.
What’s actually in gummy vitamins?Of course gummy vitamins will contain specific vitamins and minerals as advertised, such as vitamin C or vitamin B, but they also often contain a lot more. A high number of gummy vitamins taste so delicious and flavoursome because they’re full of sugar. Added sugar intake is linked with higher blood pressure, inflammation, weight gain, diabetes, and fatty liver disease and if you’re throwing back a couple of gummy vitamins every single day, it can soon add up. Vitamin gummies can also contain fillers, preservatives, artificial flavourings, artificial food colourings, corn syrup, glucose syrup, carnauba wax and plenty of unsavoury additives. You might find that many gummy vitamins are actually filling your body with junk and are not having the benefit intended.
Is there anyone vitamin gummies aren’t suitable for?There are a few groups of people who gummy vitamins aren’t suitable for:
- Vegans/vegetarians - many vitamin gummies contain gelatin which is an animal product
- Diabetics or those on low sugar diets - many vitamin gummies have high sugar content
- Those with celiac - not all vitamin gummies are gluten-free