Monday, May 2, 2011
Gummy Vitamins: Good Idea/Bad Idea
However, I find that gummy vitamins are much easier to take. I bought a bottle of the store brand Up & Up gummy vitamins at Target a month ago, and I've been taking them ever since. I think what makes them most appealing is the taste. They taste just like regular fruit snacks or candy. I find the ones I bought were delicious and I've had a hard time eating only the daily recommended two per day. The Target ones come in berry, peach, and orange. Each serving gives you 50% or more of your daily requirements of Vitamins A, C, D, E, B-6, B-12, and Niacin.
I found these new gummy vitamins to be a huge let-down in terms of taste. In fact, I'd go as far as to say that they taste down right awful. Vita-fusion tried very hard to mask the taste of fishy Omega-3s, but they did so by replacing the fishy taste with a very moldy skunk taste and smell. One whiff after opening the jar let me know that these were not going to be as pleasant to ingest. When I tired eating them for the first time I nearly gagged from the odor. They are covered in granulated sour sugar, and taste okay for the first few seconds that they are in you mouth. But even while being careful not to breathe while chewing them, the awful skunk taste caught up to me. I had to "chase" them with cranberry juice just to get the taste out of my mouth. Yuck. But since I bought the bottle I decided to take them every day when I woke up. And despite the awful taste I have noticed that they have made my skin and hair softer.
So if you decide to take a gummy vitamin supplement remember that although a regular multivitamin can be delicious, be prepared for an unpleasant taste if you want to take one that contains Omega-3s.