Gummy vitamins and supplements have taken the market by storm, offering a tasty and convenient alternative to traditional pill forms. However, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, and reported on in Fast Company, melatonin gummies often contain significantly more of the sleep aid than what is stated on the label. This discrepancy raises concerns, especially regarding the potential dangers it could pose to children. In this article, we dive deeper into the findings of the study, shedding light on the hidden dangers of inaccurate melatonin labeling.
Inaccurate Melatonin Labeling: A Troubling Discovery:
The study examined 25 different brands of melatonin gummies available in the U.S. in September 2022. The shocking revelation was that 22 out of the 25 brands were inaccurately labeled. Some gummies contained no detectable melatonin at all, while others had melatonin quantities ranging from 74% to an alarming 347% of the labeled amount.
Melatonin Gummies and Potential Risks:
Gummy vitamins often have higher dosages than what is stated on the label due to the manufacturing process, where the wet ingredients in gummies can interact more readily, leading to faster degradation. To ensure that the gummies maintain their potency until the expiration date, manufacturers tend to add higher amounts of the active ingredient. While some overage is expected, the study’s findings suggest that certain melatonin gummies go well beyond acceptable limits.
Consumers are drawn to the candy-like taste and ease of consumption. However, critics point out that gummies often contain high amounts of sugar, ranging from 2 to 4 grams per serving.
Exploring Alternatives: A Wise Move
Dr. Tod Cooperman, founder and president of ConsumerLab, advises individuals seeking melatonin supplementation to consider alternative formats instead of gummies. Chewing something sticky and sugar-laden right before bedtime can have adverse effects on dental health. Opting for different forms of melatonin supplements may be a better choice to mitigate potential risks associated with gummies.
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