Gummy vitamins are a popular source of nutrition because they taste good, come in adorable shapes to help encourage children to get the extra supplements they need. At least, that’s what parents think. There’s a new report that suggests many children’s vitamins in gummy bear form might be doing your child more harm than good. In other words, it’s time to put that bottle of Flintstone vitamins down.
According to Angela Lemond, R.D., spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and founder of Lemond Nutrition, vitamins should not be consumed like candy, nor should they taste like sugar. In other words, the more gummy vitamins you consume, the more calories and sugar might be going through your body in the process. For instance, if you take two gummy vitamins a day – or ten in a week – you are consuming about 80 calories and 20 grams of sugar.
“Any kind of chewable vitamin should never be seen as candy,” says Dr. Lemond in an interview with Delish.com. “Vitamins are made in chewable form to be easier for a person to take.”
Of course, many parents have been wondering for years if gummy vitamin bears are truly worth the price or if they effectively work for that matter. Health professionals have noted that your body cannot consume all of the fat-soluble vitamins, such as A, D, E and K, that are in gummies, because these vitamins are not water-soluble. To preserve taste, gummy vitamins don’t contain as many vitamins, like thiamin, as their chewable tablet or pill counterparts.
If that weren’t enough, it is possible to overdose on certain vitamins, particularly fat-soluble ones like A, D, E, and K, as well as minerals like iron and zinc. And if you take too many, you might experience nausea, fatigue and muscle weakness.
While different nutrients could have different effects on the body, some common ones include diarrhea or vomiting. If you see any irregular signs or symptoms in your child, seek help from a medical professional immediately. A sudden, high dose of some vitamins or minerals could be classified as a poisoning.
Over all, gummy bear vitamins may satisfy your craving for sweets, they will do little to satisfy your nutritional requirements. If you choose to eat gummy bears, do so in moderation and not as a daily habit to keep your caloric intake under control.