When I was in high school, I would get the same question every morning from my dad. “Did you take your gummy vitamins yet?” It eventually became part of my morning routine along with eating breakfast, pouring coffee, and brushing my teeth. Fast forward to this summer before venturing to Happy Valley for my freshman year. My family and I were strolling through the aisles of Sam’s Club, and I couldn’t believe it when my dad didn’t even glance at the gummy vitamins sold in bulk. Of course I began questioning him as to why he wasn’t buying any, and he simply said, “Apparently, they don’t work”.
So of course this is going to be one of my blog topics, because I simply do not understand why such delicious little pieces of beneficial happiness could have been lying to me my whole life. The first red flag that should have told me these weren’t all they are cracked up to be, is the taste. Companies aim to pack the gummies with sweet flavors in order to have more people buy them to take each day. There then rises the issue of balancing flavor with benefit. If you compare them to chewable gummies, they have significantly less nutrients, including iron for example.Interestingly enough, gummy vitamins are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. So what exactly does that mean? Unfortunately this means that no one is checking to see if the vitamins actually contain what they claim. Therefore, they most likely contain fewer vitamins that the chewable tablets, which are regulated by the FDA. Essentially, gummy vitamins are lying to us.
Another concern with these gummies is over consumption, which becomes quite easy when they don’t taste like your typical chalky vitamin. Some of the fat soluble vitamins such as vitamins A and D, are stored in fat tissues when over consumed. This can have negative toxic effects on the body.
So are they really all they are cracked up to be? In my opinion, no. Since they are not FDA approved, do we really know if they are containing the right amount of essential vitamins that we need? I think that chewable vitamins would be a better option, and possibly an experiment could be done to compare the two types of vitamins, and see which had a more positive impact on the health of the person taking it.