Gummies are a popular and convenient way to consume nutraceutical supplements. They come in various flavors, shapes, and sizes and can be easily consumed by anyone, including children and elderly people. However, have you ever wondered what gummies are made of? In this blog, we will discuss the four major parts that make up a tasty and healthy gummy – gelling agent, actives, base, and colors/flavors.
Gummies are primarily made of a gelling agent that provides the desired texture and shape. Gelatin, agar agar, and pectin are the most common gelling agents used in gummies. Gelatin is derived from animal collagen, agar agar is a plant-based alternative, and pectin is a naturally occurring substance found in fruits and vegetables. Vegans and vegetarians usually opt for agar agar or pectin-based gummies. Summit Rx specializes in creating yummy and nutritious sugar-free pectin gummies based on unique formulations.
Actives are the primary ingredients in gummy manufacturing that give the gummies their nutraceutical properties. These actives can be either herbal extracts or vitamins/minerals. Herbal extracts are derived from natural sources such as plants and are known for their various health benefits. For example, turmeric, ashwagandha, etc. Vitamins and minerals are essential for maintaining good health, and gummies provide an easy way to consume them. For example, vitamin A, calcium, creatinine, etc.
The base of a gummy determines its taste and sweetness. The base is usually made up of sugar or non-sugar alternatives. Sugar-based gummies can be divided into sugar-free, which uses sugar alcohols like xylitol, erythritol, maltitol, etc, and cane or corn sugar-based gummies. Non-sugar bases can be fiber-based or prebiotic-based. Fiber-based gummies contain fiber from natural sources like chicory root, and prebiotic-based gummies contain substances that promote the growth of healthy gut bacteria.
Colors and Flavors
Finally, colors and flavors are added to the gummy manufacturing process to make them more appealing to consumers. Natural and artificial colors are used to give the gummies their distinctive colors. Similarly, flavors like strawberry, lemon, and orange are added to give gummies their taste. It's worth noting that natural colors and flavors are becoming more popular, as consumers are increasingly looking for healthier and more natural options.
Choosing a Gummy Contract Manufacturer
If you're a nutraceutical company looking to produce gummies, it's crucial to choose a reliable gummy contract manufacturer. A good contract manufacturer will have experience in producing high-quality gummies using the best ingredients. They should also be able to offer a range of customization options, such as flavors, colors, and shapes, to make your gummies stand out from the competition. At Summit Rx, we love being innovative and creative to help create unique formulations for your customers. As a full-service contract gummy manufacturer and packager, we never hesitate to do R&D and small runs to bring your products to life based on your specifications. Contact us to learn more or request a free quote today!