Even though the brand is called One A Day, none of them actually should be taken one a day


I submit for your consideration One A Day Teen for Her VitaCraves Gummies. According to the product packaging, the serving size is "2 daily."

Indeed, of all the One A Day vitamins listed on that page, none of them has a serving size of one.

"One a day, for large values of one."¹

¹ Or small values of day.

Comments (22)
  1. Jordan says:

    Brand names don’t scale.

  2. Piotr says:

    Maybe it’s “One DAILY DOSE a day”, not one gummy a day. Along the line of “you only have to take the thing once a day. You don’t have to remember to take it again in 8 hours”.

    1. Simon Clarkstone says:

      In that case “Once a Day” would have worked as a brand name. A bit late for that now.

  3. Yuri Khan says:

    One a day, the other one a night.

  4. Alex says:

    yes, you take one a day and one a night, 2 daily.

  5. Nico says:

    The cynic in me says that one reason they call it this is so that people underestimate the cost of the bottle. They see “One A Day” and then “contains 60 gummies” and assume the bottle is good for two months.

    1. Dan F says:

      I agree.
      It’s borderline dishonest. Sure, there’s words on the bottle saying “dosage 2 per day”, but in the mad rush to pick a product and get on with life, that’ll get overlooked.

      1. cheong00 says:

        Btw, those “health supplements” do not have underdose.

        As long as you eat healthily, one a day (or even none) can be good enough.

        1. morlamweb says:

          I agree wholeheartedly. I get my daily nutrients from these things called fruits and vegetables rather than overpriced snake-oil tablets.

    2. Sam says:

      It’s also a consumer habit to take two pills of anything. It’s to the point that each pill has to be 1/2 the dose, or else you’d get people overdosing.

  6. William C. says:

    One a day, and one more a night?

  7. Falcon says:

    “One+ A Day”???

    1. Brian says:

      I believe that would be “++One a Day”

  8. middings says:

    I remember when One A Day brand multivitamins were a tiny pill taken once per day. Then, beginning in the 1970s, a health-food fad began in the US. The fad encouraged daily megadoses of nutrients such as 1 gram of Vitamin C daily. Pills became bigger to accommodate larger doses per pill. The tiny, original One A Day brand pill faded in popularity. I haven’t seen it or anything like it in stores for many years. I suppose the One A Day people decided that if they couldn’t beat their big-doses-in-big-pills competitors then they’d join them.

    As for the labeled serving size of two pills, I’ve noticed that this is common practice by health-pill pushers.

    P.S. Duck Tape™ brand duct tape is not made from ducks. The Monster Taco at Jack in the Box is not made with real monster.

    1. BZ says:

      My doctor told me that although Vitamin C has not been officially proven to do anything, if it in fact works, you need at least 1 gram a day of it (better yet, 5 grams). Otherwise it’s just background noise in your system, so not a fad at all.

    2. Matthew W. Jackson says:

      A Subway “Footlong” is not 12-inches. However, some of these names are more deceptive than others.

      1. mikeb says:

        Subway footlongs should be 12 inches now (except for common sense variations due to the inherent vagaries of food production). From https://www.wsj.com/articles/nixing-the-520-000-footlong-1504048201:

        > Subway soon announced steps to ensure its baked rolls would be at least 12 inches.

        A couple takeaways from my understanding of the case:

        1) Subway changed things so that the sandwiches should be 12 inches, but the sandwiches don’t have any more foodstuff. So they’re slightly narrower in order to be slightly longer

        2) the courts threw out the request for a $500K+ award for the lawyers’ fees. Essentially calling it a racket.

    3. Charles Dye says:

      And Girl Scout cookies? Go ahead and tell me the truth; I can take it….

  9. Ray Koopa says:

    Windows isn’t micro soft too

  10. Look closer, at home:
    Xbox One is actually the third Xbox.
    Xbox 360 is not the 360th Xbox or the Xbox released on Year 360.

    1. Rick C says:

      I suggested to a friend that the next Xbox be called the Xbox One Two. It makes at least as much sense as Microsoft’s normal naming schemes.

  11. Mike says:

    I’m not sure I could keep up with one teen a day anymore, much less two.
    It fits the blog name, though. :-)

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