Gluten-Free Gummy Multi-Vitamins
Most vitamins have gluten.
You may not have realized this until now, but it's ok. Fortunately many vitamins are free of gluten, but if you're not careful, you could mistakenly think you're being healthy by taking vitamins, when in fact you could be ingesting gluten unknowingly.
I'll be the first one to admit I don't take vitamins as often as I should. I KNOW I should and I will take a multi-vitamin once in a while and feel proud of myself for doing so, but I know I should take them every day especially since I'm ridiculously deficient in Vitamin D - like vampire-like deficient. My doctor even asked me if I ever go outside. I'm like girlfriend I gave up my emo/gothic thang a long time ago.
Anyway, back to the gluten and vitamins thing. A lot of companies add gluten (ie. wheat flour) to their vitamins as a binder, so you have to be careful. Always read labels very carefully, even when a product is marked gluten-free it's still a good idea to give the ingredients a once over.
A lot of gummy candy also has wheat flour in it, so you need to be extra careful about gummy stuff in particular. However, there are a few brands out there that are gluten-free. I've tried three gluten-free gummy multi-vitamins so far and it's remarkable how different in taste they all are.
The Nutrition Now Rhino Gummy Multi-Vitmains are sweet, tart and everything you'd expect from a gummy. In fact, they taste so good that I find myself wanting to snack on them even after I'd had my recommended serving size of 3. I don't know about you, but that's a problem I'm happy to have.
The other gummy vitamins I tried are Hero Nutritionals Yummi Bears Multi-Vitamins and they are just awful. I didn't know it was possibly to make a foul tasting gummy bear, but they seemed to have accomplished it. Where the Rhino gummies are sweet and tart, the Yummi Bears are peppery and taste like vitamins. I don't want my vitamins to taste like vitamins ESPECIALLY when they are in gummy bear form. There is something just wrong about that.
I was even more perturbed that they are $22 a bottle and there are like 200 gummies in there. That's a lot of money and a lot of product for something that doesn't taste good. I prayed and hoped my toddler would eat them, and luckily she liked them. Otherwise I would have had to pinch my nose and eat those suckers myself.
The last gluten-free gummy vitamins I tried are quite possibly the worst of the bunch and that's saying a lot. While the Yummi Bears were just strangely spicy, they at least had a decent texture. The Nature's Way Alive! Gummies however, were just gnarly. They come in all sorts of fruity shapes, which will delight any child, but once you take a bite, you'll regret it. The flavor comes on fruity, but leaves a gross vitamin aftertaste. Think of what a container of vitamins smells like when you open it - earthy, musky and off-putting. That's pretty much what these gummies taste like. I instantly regretted eating them and spent the rest of the evening feeling vaguely queasy.
I'll keep an eye out for other gluten-free gummy vitamins, but I think I'll just stick with the Rhino Gummy Multi-Vitamins from now on. Oh, and in case you were wondering, my tot LOVED all three brands. So if your'e looking for something for your kids, all three brands would probably suffice.
Do you have a favorite gluten-free vitamin, gummy or otherwise? Tell me which brand you like in the comments or visit my Facebook page and tell me there!