Gummy vitamins are commonly made from gelatin, corn starch, water, sugar, and added colorings. They are often flavored alternatives (natural or synthetic) for delivering dietary nutrients. Additionally, gummy vitamins may have fewer vitamins and minerals included and can contain unreliable amounts, making it harder to fill the nutritional gaps in your wellness regimen when compared to capsules.
At Nature’s Lab, we believe in eliminating unnatural additives such as artificial flavors and colors, and we avoid gelatin whenever possible. Gelatin is an animal-derived thickening agent typically made from cows or pigs. It’s made by boiling skin, tendons or bones with water. Because it is derived from animals, gelatin is not vegan, and many vegetarians choose to omit gelatin from their diets as well. Gelatin can also cause an unpleasant taste and digestive concerns such as bloating.
In addition to gelatin, most gummies also contain added sugar, sugar alternatives, sugar alcohols or food colorings. This makes gummies an unfavorable option, as excess sugar may lead to adverse health effects.* In the standard American diet, most added sugar comes from soft drinks, fruit drinks, cookies, cakes, and many processed foods, but little bits can add up, with the typical American consuming over the recommended daily allowance for added sugars. Some adverse health effects of sugars include:
- Cardiovascular concerns
- High blood pressure
- High triglycerides
- Liver concerns
- Poor weight management
- Oxidative stress
The capsule delivery methods utilized by Nature’s Lab proudly contain no added sugar (natural or artificial) in addition to no added colors, flavorings, preservatives or harmful fillers.