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Are Gummy Bears Healthy?

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author image Jinan Banna
Jinan Banna began writing professionally in 2009. She has contributed an article on perceptions of fast food among university students to "JO" magazine in Amman, Jordan. Banna is currently teaching nutrition online through the University of Phoenix. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in nutritional biology from the University of California, Davis and is also a Registered Dietitian.
Are Gummy Bears Healthy?
Gummy bears in a small white bowl on a wooden surface. Photo Credit MariaDubova/iStock/Getty Images

While gummy bears may satisfy your craving for sweets, they will do little to satisfy your nutritional requirements. Like most other candies, gummy bears are loaded with sugar and little more. If you choose to eat gummy bears, do so in moderation and not as a daily habit to keep your caloric intake under control.

Fat

Regular gummy bears are generally fat free. Others, such as chocolate gummy bears, do contain some fat, with 6 g in a 1.5-oz. serving. Of this fat, 4 g are saturated. While unsaturated fat is beneficial in terms of cholesterol and must be included in the diet, saturated fat is harmful in excess.

Protein

Unlike some other candies, gummy bears do contain a few grams of protein because of their gelatin content. Gummy bears, for example, have 3 g of protein in 15 pieces, or about 5 percent of the total protein a 150-lb. person needs daily. Protein is important in terms of preventing overeating, as it holds food in the stomach and provides a feeling of fullness. The amount of protein found in gummy bears, however, is less than in other foods, such as yogurt.

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Carbohydrates

Most of the calories in gummy bears come from carbohydrates. Chocolate gummy bears, for example, have 27 g of carbohydrates in 1.5 oz., or about 9 percent of the daily value, based on a 2,000-calorie diet. While gummy bears contain simple carbohydrates, they are free of complex carbohydrates, which are found in the form of starches and fiber. Minimize simple carbohydrates in the form of sugar in your diet in favor of complex carbohydrates for healthy digestion.

Vitamins and Minerals

Some gummy bears contain absolutely no vitamins or minerals. Others, such as chocolate gummy bears, contain very minimal amounts. These contain 4 percent of the daily value for calcium and 2 percent for vitamin A in a 1.5-oz. serving. They also have a small amount of sodium, with 1 percent of the daily value. The gelatin in gummy bears does not make a significant contribution to vitamin or mineral content.

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