How the $36 billion vitamin industry tricked a generation of adults into believing sugary gummies were the ticket to good health
- America’s supplement industry is slated to pass $36 billion this year in sales.
- One of the break-out categories is gummy vitamins, which has become the No. 1 way those under 35 buy their supplements.
- But some consumer advocates and doctors worry that those supplements don’t have as many benefits as people think.
- “I don’t think it’s necessarily moving the health of our country forward, but it’s good marketing,” one professor at Harvard Medical School and longtime doctor told Business Insider.
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Robert Shmerling’s patients eat too much candy. They think it’s good for them.
That candy — colorful, chewy, shaped like orange slices and teddy bears — is the gummy vitamin. Shmerling, who’s been a rheumatologist in the Boston area for three decades and is a professor at Harvard Medical School, said some of