Goli Review: Why ACV Gummies May Not Be Healthy

Goli Review: Why ACV Gummies May Not Be Healthy


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Goli is a supplement brand that became popular for their apple cider vinegar (ACV) gummies. The brand claims their supplement is "America's #1 ACV Vitamin Brand" and is a "source of quality vitamins & nutrients for many health benefits."

But can the health benefits of ACV really be obtained from a sugary gummy? Do Goli ACV gummies contain ingredients shown in clinical research to improve health? Do they contain any questionable additive ingredients? And how do real users rate and describe the effects of Goli ACV gummies?

In this article we'll answer all of these questions and more as we analyze the ingredients in Goli ACV gummies based on medical studies to give our take on whether the supplement is actually healthy (and if it's likely to cause weight loss) or if it's a waste of money.

We'll also explain if Goli gummies cause side effects, document which retailer sells them for the best price and feature real, unsponsored Goli gummy user reviews.

Ingredient Analysis 

Goli ACV Gummies ingredients

The ingredient label for Goli's ACV gummies is shown above.

Apple cider vinegar is unsurprisingly the main active ingredient, at a dose of 500 milligrams (mg). As we explained at length in our review of apple cider vinegar gummy benefits, most medical studies proving a weight loss and immunity benefit from ACV used doses far higher than 500 mg.

As an example, a clinical trial on ACV for weight loss, published in the Journal of Functional Foods, found that ACV supplementation at a daily dose of 30 milliliters (mL) caused 8.6 pounds of weight loss in 12 weeks. However, this dose is equivalent to more than 50x the amount in one Goli gummy.

Folic acid is a synthetic form of vitamin B9 that may be associated with increased cancer risk (source 1source 2source 3).

We don't understand why folic acid would be included in an ACV supplement.

Goli ACV gummies also contain a number of additive ingredients that health-conscious consumers may wish to avoid.

Organic cane sugar is included at a dose of 1 g per gummy, so there is 200% more sugar than ACV in each gummy.

Citric acid is a preservative and flavor enhancer shown in a medical review published in the Toxicology Reports journal to cause serious inflammatory reactions in some individuals.

Goli appears to have changed their formulation since initially publishing this label, because now their website lists 2 grams (g) of added sugar instead of 1, but no full Supplement Facts label is available on either on the brand's website or on Amazon. See the updated active ingredient list below (from Goli's website):

Goli ACV gummies ingredients updated

This is entirely unacceptable and is a consumer safety issue, because consumers need to know every ingredient in a formulation (including inactive ingredients) to make an informed purchase decision and avoid ingredients they may be allergic or sensitive to.

Not only does Goli now fail to publish the inactive ingredients, but their updated formulation contains 400% more sugar than ACV in each gummy.

Another issue we have with Goli's ACV gummy formulation is that the brand highlights exotic botanical ingredients in their marketing, but includes incredibly small doses of those ingredients:

Goli ingredient marketing example from website

Pomegranate is highlighted on Goli's site, as shown above, as a healthy ingredient in their gummy formulation.

However, as shown in the updated ingredient list, there is 40 micrograms (mcg) of pomegranate in each gummy.

According to the USDA, a pomegranate has a dose of 220 g, which equates to 220,000,000 mcg. This means that one single pomegranate has a dose more than 5 million times higher than the pomegranate dose in a Goli ACV gummy. Another way to explain this is that Goli could buy one pomegranate and have enough pomegranate to fulfill their next 5 million orders.

Overall, we are unconvinced that Goli ACV gummies are likely to provide any health benefits due to the dosage issues outlined in this ingredient analysis and we consider the product to be a waste of money.

But how do real users rate and describe the effects of Goli gummies? We'll review in the next section.

Real, Unsponsored Goli User Reviews

A YouTube creator named "KeepingUpWithNocie" reviewed Goli ACV gummies and shares the benefits she claims to have experienced:

A TikTok user named kayla marie claims to have lost weight taking Goli's gummies:

@kmariah.xo goli apple cider vinegar gummy pt. 1 update - Target: $20 & i take 2 a day in the am on an empty stomach #weightlossjourney #applecidervinegar ♬ original sound - kayla mariah

Do Goli Gummies Cause Weight Loss?

Goli doesn’t claim that their ACV gummies cause weight loss, but many online reviewers of the supplement do, so consumers are often curious about whether Goli ACV gummies are likely to cause weight loss.

While ACV is clinically shown to cause weight loss, we do not consider Goli gummies likely to cause weight loss given the relatively low ACV dose.

As stated in the ingredient analysis section, we haven't come across a single clinical trial proving that ACV at the dose in Goli is effective for weight loss, nor does the brand cite any on their website.

We haven't seen clinical research suggesting that any of the other active ingredients in Goli gummies are effective for weight loss either.

Goli ACV vs. Liquid ACV

One of the most popular videos on Goli ACV is from a health and fitness influencer named Thomas DeLauer.

He compares the health and nutritional benefits of Goli ACV gummies and actual apple cider vinegar in liquid form, and the video has over 230,000 views:

Do Goli Gummies Cause Side Effects?

Goli doesn't appear to have funded any clinical trials on their ACV gummy supplement, so we can't say for certain whether or not the gummies cause side effects. However, we can make an educated guess based on the ingredients.

Apple cider vinegar can cause indigestion and heartburn at high doses, but the dose in Goli is far too low to cause those effects in our opinion.

As documented in the ingredient analysis section, citric acid may cause inflammatory reactions in some individuals, but this isn't likely in the average consumer

Overall, we consider Goli ACV gummies unlikely to cause side effects in healthy adults. The gummies are formulated with safe, non-toxic ingredients.

Where to Buy Goli ACV Gummies for the Best Price

Goli ACV gummies are sold at many online retailers. Here's a price breakdown at the time of updating this article:

Brand website: $19 (plus $4.95 shipping, link)

CVS: $15.99 (plus shipping, link)

Walgreens: $15.99 (plus shipping, link)

Amazon: $14.98 (free shippinglink to official Amazon listing)

Goli ACV gummies are currently 37% cheaper on Amazon than on the brand's website when factoring in shipping fees.

Real Customers Review Goli ACV Gummies

Amazon is a better resource for honest customer reviews than a brand's website in our opinion.

Goli ACV gummies have been reviewed over 350,000 times on Amazon with an average review rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars.

The top positive review from a verified purchaser comes from a user named "JK2512" who claims that the supplement reduced their body odor:

"I take ACV for many of it's health benefits. The one most, obvious and immediate sign these worked for me is that I was able to cease using underarm deodorant within two days of using the product (I stopped using antiperspirants in 2012; and shortly thereafter, I stopped using deodorant too - so long as I take ACV consistently, I have not had use either product since 2012)."

We want to note that there doesn't appear to be any clinical research suggesting that ACV supplementation reduces body odor, and this may be a placebo effect.

The top negative review from a verified purchaser is written by a user named "B. Junkin-Mills" who gives the supplement a 1-star rating and shares some of the same dosage concerns that we outlined in this article:

"On the bottle they admit that each gummy has 500 mg of Apple Cider Vinegar. 500 mg = HALF of a ml. For weight loss, 15-30 ml ACV are recommended per day. For blood sugar management, 20 ml are recommended. Etc. The point is that you would go through a bottle every 2 days or so to hit the recommended ACV allowance. At $20/bottle that would really add up."

Goli has a 1.54 out of 5 star rating on the Better Business Bureau (BBB) website, and at the time of updating this article, Goli fails to respond to the majority of negative customer reviews in an attempt to resolve the situation. This is a red flag of a low-quality brand in our opinion.

Pros and Cons of Goli ACV Gummies

Here are the pros and cons of Goli ACV gummies in our opinion:

Pros:

  • Contains ACV
  • Mostly favorable online customer reviews

Cons:

  • ACV appears significantly underdosed for health benefits
  • Not clinically tested
  • Brand fails to clearly publish full ingredient list
  • Contains 400% more added sugar than ACV
  • Contains citric acid
  • Contains flavoring agents
  • Questionable marketing claims
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Conclusion

Goli ACV gummies contain 4 times as much sugar as they contain ACV. That really explains all you need to know if you're considering this supplement from a health perspective.

We consider Goli gummies to be a total waste of money, not only because of the questionable additive ingredients like refined sugar, but also because the ACV dose is 30-60x lower than the dose used in most clinical trials on ACV that we surveyed in researching this article.

ACV is clinically shown to cause weight loss, and may enhance immunity, but we've only seen those effects in studies that use a much higher dose of ACV than exists in a Goli ACV gummy.

Goli references the health benefits of pomegranate while their supplement contains a pomegranate dose millions of times smaller than one single pomegranate, which we consider to be a questionable marketing practice.

We do not believe that Goli gummies are likely to cause side effects. While we don't consider them to be healthy, we also don't consider them to be acutely harmful in any way.

For consumers intent on purchasing Goli ACV gummies, Amazon currently has the best price especially when considering shipping costs.




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