This article was written by Stephanie Moore MS, RD/LD, and updated on September 3, 2021.
They are not uncommon questions. I hear them in my office all the time? Why not a gummy vitamin? Are gummy vitamins bad for you?
Vitamins can be tough on the stomach. Even the chewable bariatric vitamins can sometimes give people fits. But before you switch to a gummy vitamin, let’s try a few other options.
Our concern with vitamin gummies is the lack of complete vitamins and minerals. To make it still “gummy” manufacturing needs to eliminate lots of key minerals.
The other concern is in the ingredients list.
The first ingredient? Sucrose — also known as sugar. Your daily multivitamin shouldn’t have grams and grams of sugar. Whether they’re in the form of sugar alcohols, glucose syrup, gummies often have more than the recommended amount of sugar intake, even for those who have not had weight loss surgery.
Gummy vitamins work just fine for some people as part of a balanced diet. But even their benefits are often outweighed by their negatives: too much citric acid; too much sugar that can lead to tooth decay at best and heart disease at worst.
What dietary supplements are recommended instead of gummy multivitamins?
Bariatric vitamin companies are constantly working towards vitamins that settle well, taste good, and contribute to health benefits. We carry Bariatric Advantage vitamins. We have a few chewable options that come in dark cherry, strawberry watermelon, and grape flavors.
Not loving the chewables? Next option: Bariatric Advantage Multiformula Capsules. These are bariatric-specific capsules that are quick to absorb.
After a weight-loss surgery, we have to be picky because over-the-counter capsules/tablets/gels are not as well absorbed in the small pouch. With a bariatric-specific capsule, however, we don’t have to worry.
One more option you may consider: the bariatric advantage multi EA. This vitamin provides you with the recommended dosage of the majority of your vitamins and iron. You will just need to add in a separate b complex, probiotic, and calcium citrate.
Other questions on vitamin options? Call/email your dietitian for more specific recommendations. Online ordering can ship to your door at our new online storefront!
In the meantime, let’s go a bit more in-depth on this topic to help answer the question of whether or not gummy vitamins are bad for you.
Vitamins and Health
Vitamins are crucial to health and wellbeing but they are not the only thing or necessarily the most important thing. Proper nutrition and a proper diet require the bulk of vitamins and minerals to come from the food we consume.
However, for patients who have had weight loss surgery, it can be difficult if not impossible to get adequate nutrients, especially in the few weeks right after surgery.
Vitamins are a good solution.
It’s important to remember that the best resource for information on your particular health and wellbeing challenges is your doctor. Follow their recommendations and keep them informed of any changes to your post-op plans.
Vitamins are definitely one of the most important topics to discuss. As we explained above, gummy vitamins can often contain too much sugar and not enough vitamins and minerals. This may not necessarily mean that gummy vitamins are bad for you, but it’s important to weigh the pros and cons of gummy vitamins against the alternatives we discussed above.
Patients will be on a consistent regimen of vitamin intake after their weight-loss surgery. And regular medical care and checkups can help pinpoint when a patient is showing symptoms of vitamin deficiency.
We recommend avoiding gummy vitamins. But we also recommend avoiding other kinds of vitamins after bariatric surgery, including vitamin patches and vitamins in pill form with a coating.
Those last two types of vitamins along with gummy vitamins are not absorbed as readily as those your WeightWise team will recommend for you. This can lead to low vitamin levels.
Instead, we like to reinforce the idea of taking vitamins that are either chewable or in capsule form.
It is clear and well understood that vitamin deficiencies can lead to a host of health problems. Our bodies are designed to function at peak performance when we have all the necessary vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that we need throughout the day.
Here are some of the health effects of a lack of vitamins. This list is not comprehensive.
- Vitamin B1: weakness, swelling, nausea, short term memory loss
- Vitamin B12: fatigue, anemia, shortness of breath
- Calcium: bone loss (osteoporosis), weakness, cramps
- Vitamin D: bone loss (osteoporosis), cramps, liver issues
- Vitamin A: eyesight issues, problems with wound healing
- Iron: fatigue, anemia, hair loss, decreased immune function
- Vitamin E: neurological problems, muscle weakness, anemia
- Vitamin K: bruising or increased bleeding
- Zinc: rashes, decreased immune function, infertility, hair loss
- Copper: anemia, pale skin, cholesterol problems
Vitamins and minerals do so much for our bodies and our minds. They regulate our metabolism and appetite and assist in thyroid and brain activity. They provide us with energy.
Be sure to speak with your doctor about the options available to you after bariatric surgery. Remember, some procedures, including the gastric bypass and duodenal switch, are restrictive and malabsorptive. You will need to take vitamin supplements unless you want to risk malnourishment.
Weight Loss Surgery In Oklahoma
We are here to help. At WeightWise, we can help you with any questions you may have about gummy vitamins and bariatric surgery, diet plans, and more.
We want you to be at your best in mind, body, and spirit. So please do give us a call if you have any questions or concerns.