March 9, 2014
There are more types of gummy and sugary vitamins on the market every day.
The Department of Agriculture says barely a fourth of toddlers and preschoolers eat a balanced diet. So manufacturers say the vitamins help fill in a big nutrition gap. But local pharmacists don't agree. They say gummy versions of vitamins don't have the nutritional value of others. Because of the sugar, kids tend to eat more than the recommended dosage. And pharmacists say taking too many of any vitamin can be dangerous.
"If children get a hold of them and eat more than the recommended dosage, especially if it's an iron-containing vitamin. Iron is deadly to children in high doses, along with vitamin D. Vitamin D is not good for children to get in high doses," says pharmacist Jathan Payne of Williamson Hughes.
Payne says gummy or sugary vitamins should be taken as a last resort.