Having, generally speaking, been impressed with the health benefits of apple cider vinegar, many of us have looked into ways to get more of it into our diets. Since you can only eat so much salad with apple cider vinegar (ACV) dressing, there are a range of products that serve this very purpose.
With that I mind I purchased Goli Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies. Here my thoughts on the product and some background information about the brand (which I had never heard of before buying these).
What Are Goli Gummies?
If you have had a gummy vitamin, you’ll have a pretty good idea what a Goli ACV gummy is. These are not vitamins, but they are candy-like gummy-textured gummies (is there even another word for those things?) that contain some amount of apple cider vinegar in the sweet, soft gel of a Goli.
It’s worth noting that the apple cider vinegar is cooked into the gummy gel, it’s not sitting as liquid in the inside (like my childhood favorite, the Gusher gummy).
What Do Goli Gummies Taste Like?
The Goli makes a few flavors of gummies, with the main one being the apple cider vinegar, and the other being ashwagandha.
The ACV gummies have a sweet, fruity flavor that doesn’t really remind to you of the tart, sour taste of vinegar at all. They taste good, in a candy sort of way, with the closest taste I could think of being that of ChapStick classic cherry lip balm.
The gummies have a slightly chalky aftertaste that isn’t unpleasant and is slightly medicinal, but on the whole they seem like you are eating a candy gummy
From a texture standpoint, this if the sort of gummy that shears when you bite it, instead of mushing or bouncing back (like a gummy bear would).
Are Goli Gummies Good For You?
Now, this is the big question, and it’s actually pretty hard to answer. Goli claims that its ACV gummies will have the following benefits:
- Improve your immune and nervous systems
- Makes your heart healthier by improving homocysteine levels
- Speed up your metabolize and help you lose weight
- Reduce the occurrences of heartburn
- Improve digestion
- Aid your overall health
Those claims were not evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) so you are on your own to make your own health choices, just as with any vitamin or supplement.
Assuming apple cider vinegar is good for you and these have apple cider vinegar in them so are good for you (perhaps this is a big assumption but you’ve likely made it since you are reading this), when what is not good for you about these gummies?
Downsides of Goli Gummies
Goli recommend taking 3-6 gummies a day across three doses. Each gummy has 15 calories and 1g of sugar in it. So, in total, you’d be consuming 45 to 90 calories and 3-6 grams of sugar, each day.
You’ll have to decide how you feel about that, but a daily dose of 90 grams of a sugary product is something you should consider, especially when the equivalent dose of actual ACV would have essentially no sugar and zero calories. Of course Goli packs other things in their gummies, like vitamin B12 and B9, plus a bit of beetroot, apple, and pomegranate (mostly for color it seems).
Goli Gummies Review
Haven purchased and consume a fair number of Goli apple cider vinegar gummies, I have some thoughts about the product.
From a taste perspective, they aren’t bad at all. The gummies aren’t overly medicinal and they are more like eating candy than they are like eating something that seems healthy. This is a confusing situation since generally vitamins and supplements don’t taste good and the incentive for taking them is that they are good for you, not that they taste good.
As we all know “a bit of honey makes the medicine go down” and that’s the case here, but it concerns me because a) I wouldn’t want my kids to find these and start eating them like candy b) I don’t want to eat something that is like candy thinking it’s healthy when in fact the extra sugar is outweighing the benefits of the apple cider vinegar. Luckily there is a child lock on the bottle. And then don’t actually find these gummies to be so good that I want to eat them all the time.
To be fair, my wife thinks the gummies are delicious and would eat them regardless of any health benefits, so to each their own.
As far as the recommended dose of 3-6 gummies a day, I have no real way of knowing where I should be in that range. Say it’s 3, then you are getting 45 calories and some extra sugar every day. That’s not ideal, but you’ll have to decide for yourself if it bothers you.
Personally, the way I look at it is that this is a convenience product. If you are traveling or having a crazy week, but you still want to get your ACV in, then if you can have a gummy a few times a day, and you are covered. When you are back home and things are calm, then the best way to consume your apple cider vinegar is as apple cider vinegar. Personally I like Bragg organic ACV.
Also, a good way to look at it is: if you aren’t going to get your apple cider vinegar at all, maybe you don’t like the taste or maybe you just into cooking lately, then these gummies are way for you to test out the health benefits of ACV and see if it works for you. If you are happy with the result, then maybe you can find a way to incorporate it into your diet. Or maybe you are happy with the gummies and think they are a nice treat, albeit one that is a bit expensive and comes with some extra sugar.
- How many Goli Gummies do I take a day?
Goli recommends you take “1-2 gummies, 3 times daily” to see optimum benefits from their apple cider vinegar gummies.
- Where are Goli Gummies made?
Goli makes their gummies in the United States, but the ingredients come from all over the world.