But it can actually be difficult to determine. If your child can't take traditional pills, try chewable vitamins before turning to gummies. The slightly chalky flavor may not be as appealing as that of popping gum, but the vitamin tradeoff is worth it. As practical as they are, gummy vitamins have several disadvantages.
They owe their taste to sugar, erythritol, mannitol, isomalt and other sweeteners. Some manufacturers market their vitamin gummies without sugar, and have replaced this sweetener with citric acid. But in most cases, the citric acid in gummies is just as harmful because it wears away the enamel that protects your teeth. The vitamins in gummies come in different flavors.
They are easy to chew and swallow. The label says they have the same vitamins as vitamins in pills, so what could possibly go wrong? Gummy vitamins taste better because they're basically gummy candies with added vitamins. Ingredients include gelatin, cornstarch, water, sugar or a sugar substitute, food coloring, and a variety of flavoring ingredients. Gummies can have just one vitamin, such as vitamin D or C, or they can be a multivitamin complex.
Because of the way they are made, vitamins are better absorbed in a gummy format. This is because the body will be able to break down gummies more easily than tablets if chewed thoroughly. If someone takes several gummy supplements a day, many of which require you to eat two or three gummies to get a full dose of the nutrients included, all that sugar can build up. Because of all the additional ingredients a gummy vitamin contains, it's difficult to get enough of the actual vitamin in gummy.