Chew Your Way to Better Health with Lifeable Gummy Vitamins

The Rise of Gummy Vitamins

They taste like gummy candy, but are packed with nutrients. They also come in various colors, flavors, and shapes. We’re talking about delicious vitamin gummies! Making vitamins taste like candy isn’t a new thing. Chewable vitamins have been around since the 1960s, but gummy vitamins are a newer invention rising in popularity. According to market analysis, the gummy vitamin market is growing at a rapid pace. Approximately, the worth was US$3.6 billion in 2022 and will have a projected surge to US$5.7 billion by the end of 2030. It all comes down to consumer preferences. People love the nutritious value in gummies with combination formulas, that are also packed with flavor and are enjoyable to consume. Also, they’re often used to supplement the diets of children and people who can’t easily swallow pills. Each type contributes to specific health needs such as immune support, skin and hair health, sleep aid, and more. 

How Gummy Vitamins Are Made

To manufacture vitamin gummies, these are generally the following steps followed: 

- Weigh and mix raw ingredients, including liquid and solid components.

- Blend nutritional ingredients with water.

- Prepare gelatin or its alternative for texture.

- Combine gelatin mix with sweetener in a tank.

- Transfer the mixture to a larger tank.

- Test for contaminants.

- Add coloring, flavoring, and additional nutrients.

- Blend ingredients in a mixing tank.

- Cook until thickened into a slurry.

- Pour slurry into molds with cornstarch to prevent sticking.

- Cool molds to solidify gummies.

- Tumble gummies with wax or oil for freshness.

- Convey gummies to the steam chamber for further solidification.

- Coat them with sugar in the steam chamber.

- Package, label, and seal gummies for distribution.

Key Ingredients in Gummy Formulations

Often in gummy manufacturing, ingredients are mixed with popular flavorings, including cherry, lemon, and orange, which are then infused with vitamins and minerals. Several vitamins and minerals may be mixed to make a multivitamin, or concentrate on specific nutrients, such as vitamins C or D. Some gummy manufacturers have even infused their products with CBD, one of the active ingredients in cannabis. 

Various ingredients can also be used to replace wheat-based ingredients used in gummy manufacturing to make them gluten-free. These include corn starch, maize flour, rice flour, buckwheat flour, potato flour, oats, tapioca flour, xanthan gum, and other alternatives. 

Alternatives for gelatin in gummy manufacturing include Agar-agar, carrageenan, pectin, and vegan jel.

Health Benefits of Gummy Vitamins

  • Helps create healthy habits. Pills can be hard to swallow, and people often forget to take them. Knowing that you are about to take a delicious gummy vitamin, can ensure that you take your vitamins every day and create a healthy habit.
  • Overall improved health: Depending on the vitamin gummies you choose, there can be various health benefits such as for the immune system, your heart, hair, skin and nails, brain health, digestive health, and much more. Vitamins and minerals convert food into energy, help repair cells, and scavenge harmful free radicals.
  • Added health-promoting ingredients: Some gummy vitamins may contain additional ingredients like antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, or probiotics, which can offer further health benefits beyond basic vitamin and mineral supplementation.
  • Nutrient absorption: Gummy vitamins provide essential vitamins and minerals that may help fill nutrient gaps in the diet, promoting overall health and well-being.
  • Health motivation: Taking gummy vitamins is a simple way to keep you motivated about your health and wellness goals when combined with a healthy, clean, nutritious, and balanced diet.

Are Gummy Vitamins Effective for Adults and Children Alike

Both adults and children can benefit from vitamin gummies but for them to be effective, it depends on various factors. Children for one, have different nutritional needs. For instance, children need more vitamin C than adults, so there could be more of this nutrient in kid’s vitamins. Some vitamins could contain more vitamin D for growth, development, and bone health. And because children have smaller bodies, the concentration of active ingredients may be less, to prevent unwanted side effects. Certain ingredients that are not recommended for children, such as excessive amounts of certain vitamins or minerals, artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. Therefore, gummy vitamins can be effective for both adults and children, provided that they are formulated appropriately and used as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.

Tips for Proper Storage and Consumption of Gummy Vitamins

Vitamin gummies should be stored in the right environment otherwise they can lose their potency and nutrients and can deteriorate. We recommend storing them in a cool and dark environment. They can clump together if they are exposed to hot or humid environments, and too much moisture can degrade them. The bathroom is not the best place for these formulas, and it’s also not necessary to refrigerate them either. With regards to the consumption of vitamin gummies, you should follow the recommended dosage, and as advised by a healthcare professional. Some vitamins are better absorbed when taken with food. Consider consuming gummy vitamins during meals to enhance absorption and prevent an upset stomach. You should pay close attention to how your body reacts to gummy vitamins - if you notice side effects, then be sure to contact your doctor and discontinue use. Gummy vitamins should complement (not replace) a healthy and balanced diet, which is why you should also aim to eat a variety of whole foods.

Sugar Content and Dental Health Implications

Be mindful of the sugar content in vitamin gummies, to prevent poor dental hygiene. Consuming too much sugar content can be unhealthy and will negatively impact your teeth. Some measures you can take include only taking the recommended dosage and limiting consumption, brushing your teeth after consumption, or choosing sugar-free options. If possible, you could consume gummy vitamins as part of a meal rather than as a snack, so there’s less exposure of your teeth to sugar. 

Lifeable offers gummy vitamins to help adults and kids be more healthy. Join the Lifeable family today and get your gummies, to keep you strong and nourished from head to toe!