Category: General health
“I do not recommend gummy vitamins.”
The moment my children’s dentist said this my mind raced to the container of Flintstones gummy vitamins sitting in my kitchen cabinet, now feeling more like contraband than an amazing start to my children’s day. Although it occurred to me over the years that the gummy vitamins clearly resembled sugary fruit snacks, I gave them to my children diligently every morning because I believe in the power of vitamins and didn’t question the mighty moneymaking machine that is the gummy vitamin train. After all, it’s a train children happily board.
That was before my children’s dentist made his dislike for gummy vitamins known. His comment catapulted me toward realizations and epiphanies that changed my entire outlook and tune on multivitamins. As I started digging into why my dentist followed his discovery of my daughter’s cavity with his question about whether or not she took a daily multivitamin gummy, I discovered quite a few pieces of information that I wish I’d been told years ago:
- Gummy vitamins can contain seven times as much sugar as a standard multivitamin and four times as many calories.
- Epiphany: That’s why children pop gummy vitamins as if they were gummy bears.