Do you struggle to take your vitamins each morning? Vitamins and supplements are incredibly popular all around the globe. Many people take them regularly to support health and compensate for nutrition that is missing from their diet. Vitamins can come in many forms, with there being one to suit everyone! The range is huge, including everything from capsules, sprays, chewables, and gummies. The most common format is still the capsule. But it doesn’t have to be that way in the 21st Century. Gummy bear vitamins are on the rise, and for good reason. In this article, we look at the pros and cons of taking gummy vitamins over taking capsules or pills.
Potential benefits of gummy vitamins
Taste great and easy to take
Gummy vitamins are great for both kids and adults. Most people prefer to take a gummy vitamin over a capsule or pill due to their fruity flavours. This is one of the reasons why gummy bear vitamins appeal to children so much. As we know, they can be quite picky eaters at times!
Also, gummy vitamins are easy to chew and are easier to take for people who may have difficulty swallowing pills. Pill fatigue or pill phobia is real. This way, taking vitamins suddenly isn’t a chore. You may even find yourself looking forward to having your gummy hit.
As such, gummy vitamins may be simpler for both kids and adults to add to their routines and consume on a more consistent basis than other multivitamins.
Gummy vitamins may absorb better than capsules
Gummy vitamins may absorb better as they are taken as food. This means the body will break down the gummy vitamin as if it were food, and therefore, may take more of the nutritional value vs a pill.
In a recent study, the researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina conducted research into how vitamin D gummies were absorbed. The vitamin D gummy study concluded that “Vitamin D3 gummies led to greater bioavailability than tablets did through better intestinal absorption.”
Potential cons of gummy vitamins
Can be high in sugar
The sweet flavour of gummy vitamins can come from added sugars. When sugar is eaten in excess, it can be linked to obesity, heart disease, and dental cavities. There are some sugar free vitamin gummies out there, though. For example, Vegums do a fantastic A-Z Multivitamin! On the whole, the sugar content is something to be mindful of.
The current guidance suggests no more than 9 teaspoons (37.5 grams) of added sugar per day for men, and no more than 6 teaspoons (25 grams) per day for women. For children between 2-18 years it’s under 6 teaspoons per day.
Tempting to eat more!
We understand gummy bear vitamins can taste amazing, and it is tempting to eat more than the recommended dose. Most vitamins are water-soluble, so if you do have too many, you’ll just pass them. There are a few vitamins to look out for that are fat-soluble though. These will stay in your system and you can end up with too many of them.
Overconsumption of gummy vitamins may put you at risk of getting too much of certain nutrients, especially if you also eat foods already fortified with vitamins and minerals.
The vitamins to avoid consuming more than the recommended amounts are vitamins A, D, E, and K.
GreenBox offers a wide range of tasty vitamin gummies, such as our very popular vitamin C gummies, to suit most health goals. We would also flag the wonderful Vegums whose mission it is to help vegans get the nutrition they need with tasty gummy bear vitamins.