Are Gummy Vitamins as EFFECTIVE as Regular Vitamins?
In an attempt to be healthier within the final days of 2017, I bought gummy multivitamins. Then, I started wondering...how healthy are they?
That's right, I finally made the decision to take the reigns and make a healthier decision for my body. Considering I never touched the pill version of my multivitamins (still sitting atop my fridge) I went with the tastier, more fun version: gummy vitamins.
Gummy vitamins are supposed to be a great substitute for those like myself who don't enjoy the chewable or pill versions. It turns out, they may not be as great as we may think.
Here's what I discovered after some digging:
- THEY'RE NOT CANDY While they do taste amazing, they're not candy and you shouldn't eat them as so. People get their hands on gummies and don't know how to stop, which brings me to...
- TOO MUCH IS BAD FOR YOU If you're popping them nonstop, you can overdose on vitamins. Vitamins A, D, E and K aren't water soluble, which means you can't pee them out and this is bad for your liver!
- NOT A SICK 'QUICK-FIX' Apparently some people believe if you eat a vitamin when you start feeling sick, those symptoms will disappear. That's not true either.
- NOT REGULATED BY FDA This means they can add whatever ingredients they want without any regulations
- SUGAR, SUGAR, SUGAR! They have a higher sugar content, which can mean cavities. There's also artificial flavors and high fructose corn syrup in some cases.
MORAL OF THE STORY: you're probably better off eating a chewable or swallowing its pill counterpart to get ALL the vitamins you need.
But if you're insistent on continuing to eat gummy vitamins, just make sure you are getting the vitamins you need in your diet.
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