I wonder how many parents are guilty of eating their children’s gummy bear vitamins? I know I am. At this time, besides the occasional children’s gummy vitamin, I take Vitamin D. Doctors in the Northwest recommend extra Vitamin D. In the past, I’ve taken multivitamins, but they taste bad, are difficult to swallow and sometimes cause me to vomit. When reviewing the nutritional content of my multivitamin(which I almost never take), I realized that the VitaCrave gummies from One a Day are lacking in nutritional content. There is no Iron, Calcium, Magnesium and a general lack of strength of vitamins. I find this to be true of all the gummy multivitamins(children’s as well). Gummy vitamins add sugar and calories to your diet, but if you can’t get the regular tablets down,the extra sugar is worth it. I’ve had projects making flavored candy vitamins. It’s impossible to get iron in candy without turning it a nasty green and calcium had challenges as well. Iron and calcium are very important nutrients.
My kids have the Lil’ critter gummies that are sold at Costco. Sometimes I buy the Disney gummy vitamins, but prefer the higher vitamin content in the Lil’ Critter gummy. I suspect the Disney labeled vitamins cut back on the expensive vitamin ingredients to pay Disney for licensing rights. Both of the kids gummies use natural flavors and natural extracts for color. The adult One a Day VitaCraves use artificial flavors and FD&C colors, but they have far higher nutrient content than the children’s gummies.
VitaCraves included three flavored gummy vitamins:
1) Blue raspberry: strong berry smell, slightly sulfury, very sour, ends with nice berry character, but lingers a bit long
2) Red Cherry: Sour cherry, then soapy, seems unbalanced, ends up lingering with nice authenic sweet cherry note.
3) Orange: starts nice peely orange, moves to burnt Vitamin B taste, then bitter peely note, strong sourness and bitter flavor lingers.
I think the kids gummy vitamins taste better, but VitaCraves are really impressive for their vitamin content.