Seasonal changes that are quite extreme like today make our bodies vulnerable to several diseases, such as flu or strep throat. This of course makes us have to be extra vigilant. For that we need multivitamins to strengthen the body's immunity.
Currently there are many variants of multivitamins available in the market. Starting from powder shake variants, tablets, pills, soft capsules, to the newest gummy multivitamin.
Gummy-shaped multivitamins are one of the most widely consumed multivitamins by many people. This is because there are various flavors, easy to consume, and cute shapes. Generally, gummy multivitamins are specifically consumed by children. It aims to make it easy for children to consume vitamins. However, currently there are gummy multivitamins that can be consumed by adults.
Actually, if we look at the nutritional content, how effective is this gummy multivitamin for our health?
Before we go deeper into it, let's understand gummy vitamins first.
What are Gummy Vitamins?
Gummy vitamins are a variant of vitamins that have a soft texture similar to jelly candy. Gummy vitamins are also available in various flavors, colors, and unique shapes.
For children and adults who do not like taking vitamin pills, gummy vitamins can be an option. Because of its unique taste and shape, gummy vitamins are very popular with children.
Gummy vitamins are made from corn starch, gelatin, sugar, water and added coloring. Several flavors are common in gummy vitamins, such as orange, lemon, strawberry, cherry, and others.
What do Gummy Vitamins Consists of?
There are several ingredients contained in gummy vitamins, such as minerals, calcium, and vitamin D. However, not only that, according to the Oakbend Medical Center, several types of gummy vitamins also contain iron which is needed by the body. Some of these vitamins include:
- Vitamins A, C, D, E, and K
- Vitamins D2 and D3
- Folic acid
- Pantothenic Acid
How Effective are Gummy Vitamins for Health?
Although gummy vitamins contain sufficient vitamins and minerals, the effectiveness of gummy vitamins for health is still being questioned.
Then, are gummy vitamins suitable and safe for consumption and effective in protecting the health of the body?
According to Lisa Drayer, a nutrition expert from New York, consuming gummy vitamins in excess will cause problems and have the potential to become toxic. This is because gummy vitamins have a high sugar content compared to general tablets. Gummy vitamins contain approximately three grams of sugar for two candies. However, if you consume according to the recommended levels, then it's not a problem.
In addition, vitamins in the form of jelly are actually not regulated by the Food and Drug Supervisory Agency (FDA). This is because gummy vitamins contain fewer vitamins than tablet or chewable vitamins.
Lisa Drayer also said that this gummy vitamin can be consumed for those who are picky in terms of food, so they do not get enough nutrition. Organic gummy vitamins can be a source to get types of vitamins and minerals that are easy to digest and delicious for consumption.
The conclusion is, gummy vitamins can be consumed but at the recommended dosage. Avoid consuming gummy vitamins in excess, because it will cause several problems, such as diabetes or dental problems.
Consult further with your doctor to get detailed information about the nutritional content of the gummy vitamins you are consuming.
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