Re: Question about multivitamins
Primarily taking them with food generally results in less minor side effects such as flushing, nausea, irritation etc.. that may occur in some groups of people. Hence in order to avoid customers having a bad experience with their product / brand, they reccomend taking them with a meal. Even though combining the multivitamin with moderate to large amounts of things like; milk, tea, coffee, tannins, fiber etc .. can & will result in the inhibition of absorption & wasting of many of the ingredients.
Chewables tend to have less overall vitamin content - plus they can be in different elemental forms (calcium carbonate, calcium glucanate, calcium hydrochloride) - both which can reduce stomach discomfort.
Best thing to take a multi with is a glass of water (for the water soluble vitamins) and a small snack of something with a couple grams of fat (to aid the absorption of the fat soluble vitamins).