Every parent struggles and strives to ensure that their child gets ample nutrition. And if you have for yourself a picky eater, then it gets even harder.
No wonder, gummy vitamins are a hot business in the multi-billion-dollar supplement industry. (They’re even becoming popular with adults who are tired of popping pills.) On the surface, gummies seem like a sweet and easy way to help the vitamin go down. But is there a downside?
Pediatrician Natalie Muth, M.D., RDN, co-author of The Picky Eater Project, shares below:
- Added Sugar: Not uncommon for a serving to have almost a teaspoon of added sugar. Considering the recommended limit is six teaspoons a day, that’s a lot! The sugar free ones tend to have sugar alcohols which are worse.
- Look and Taste Like Candy: Some are even coated in sugar! Kids associate what is very much like candy as being “healthy”. They may also be tempted to take more than they need.
- Risk of Cavities: Because gummy vitamins are sticky and chewy, they’re also more prone to clinging to the teeth and increase the risk for cavities.
What about Picky eaters?
Look for a chewable tablet instead of a gummy if you can, and compare brands to find one with less sugar & no artificial dyes.
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