Tuesday, October 12 2021

Chewable and chewable supplements have extended far beyond children’s vitamins, many with claims like “excellent source” and “potent blend of essential nutrients.” Registered Dietitian Molly Kimball explains how these candy-like supplements measure up.

Are gummy supplements worth it? Not always. Check out Collagen Gummies, for example. We would need 100 – yes, a hundred candies – in order to get the recommended daily dose of collagen.


Nordic Naturals Sugar Free Vitamin D3 Gummies

Per serving of gum: 5 calories, zero sugar

  • 1000 IU of vitamin D3 (125% DV)
  • Other ingredients include: Soluble tapioca fiber, pectin, citric acid, fruit and vegetable juice (color), sunflower oil, carnauba wax. Sweetened with xylitol

Nordic Naturals DHA Gummies for Kids

Per serving of gum: 10 calories, zero sugar

  • 600 mg omega 3 (145 mg EPA; 355 mg DHA) | the typical adult dosage is 1000 mg of omega 3
  • other ingredients include: purified deep water fish oil, gelatin, paprika extract, stevia, canola oil, sweetened with stevia, sorbitol, xylitol

Nordic Naturals Sugar Free Curcumin Gummies

Per serving of two gums: 15 calories, zero sugar

  • 200 mg of curcumin extract (typical dose 500 mg)
  • Other ingredients include: Prebiotic fiber, pectin, natural flavor, sunflower oil, carnauba wax

Adora Rich Dark Chocolate Calcium Supplement

  • For 1 serving of disc: 30 calories, 2 grams of sugar
  • 500 mg of calcium (50%), 13 mcg of vitamin D (65%)
  • Other ingredients: chocolate liqueur, sugar, cocoa butter, vanilla extract


Olly the perfect multi for women

By two portions of gum

  • 50-100% of most vitamins + minerals
  • 250% vitamin B12; 500% biotin
  • Other ingredients include: Glucose syrup, beet sugar, gelatin, fruit and vegetable juice for coloring, pectin, vegetable oil, carnauba wax


Natural Collagen Gummies

Per serving of gum: 5 calories, 1 gram of sugar

  • 100 mg of collagen (0.1 grams; a standard dose is 10 grams)
  • Other ingredients include: tapioca syrup, cane sugar, pectin, added color, natural flavor, coconut oil, carnauba wax

Digestive Advantage Daily Probiotics Kids

By two portions of gum

  • Per serving: BC Bacillus Coagulans GBI-30: 500 million CFU
  • Other ingredients: corn syrup, sugar, gelatin, pectin, fruit and vegetable colors


One A Day VitaCravings Teen Gummies

Per serving of two gums: 15 calories, 3 grams of sugar

  • 62-83% of most vitamins + minerals.
  • 8% calcium.
  • 100% vitamin B12 and biotin.
  • Other ingredients include: Glucose syrup, sugar, gelatin, Blue # 1, Red # 40, Yellow # 5

Viactiv milk chocolate with calcium

Per chewable portion: 15 calories, 1 gram of sugar

  • 500 mg of calcium (50%) + 500 IU of vitamin D (63%) + 40 mcg of vitamin K (33%)
  • Other ingredients include: Sugar, corn syrup, hydrogenated coconut oil, corn syrup solids, cocoa, sweetened condensed milk (milk, sugar)


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