What Does Quinoa Taste Like?

Uncooked Quinoa grainWhat is Quinoa?

Quinoa is a pseudocereal or seed that, although it bears similarities to grain, is not a grain. It can be prepared in similar ways to a grain however. It’s commonly used in place of rice and can also be used to make bread. Because it’s not a grain and is gluten free, it’s often used by people with allergies. It’s also claimed as a super food by many health groups.

How it tastes

Yellow quinoa tastes similar to couscous but with less flavor. Red quinoa is a lot more flavorful and has a nutty flavor. Quinoa is often described as being ‘earthy’ or ‘muddy’ in taste. It’s important to wash quinoa before cooking, as not doing so can leave a bitter flavor.

Tips

Quinoa is gluten free, cholesterol free, kosher, high in manganese, fiber, magnesium and copper. It’s a great alternative for people watching their diet who don’t want to cut out a certain taste group completely.

What does Egg Yolk Taste Like?

3 Eggs on TableWhat is egg yolk?

Egg yolk is the yellow part of the egg, the part that would be used to feed a growing infant chick if the egg wasn’t used for human consumption. It’s usually less commonly used (many recipes call for the egg whites, the clear part of the egg) and is generally cooked only as a whole with the egg white itself. Eggs are used in a wide range of recipes to add flavor and binding, can be eaten raw (or drunk in things such as eggnog) and boiled, poached and cooked in a variety of ways.

How it tastes

Raw egg yolks have a mild milky or buttery flavor and are quite slimy. Cooked egg yolks have an even milder slightly dusty flavor that is slightly powdery.

Tips

Egg yolk is less allergenic than the whites. For this reason, infants are recommended to eat yolks, but usually not whites till at least 1 year of age.

Some people find egg yolks disgusting, while others view an egg cooked with a “sunny side up” raw egg yolk as a delicacy.

What Does a Glucose Drink Taste Like?

Pink drink on tableWhat is a glucose drink?

A glucose drink is a special type of drink given to pregnant women or diabetics who need to undergo a gestational diabetes test. The drink is usually given in a portion of approximately 500ml and has to be drunk in five minutes or less. The drink is  usually followed by between one and three blood tests to check how the person’s body reacts to the glucose.

Glucose drinks may also be purchased commercially and used by people who are in sports training or have special dietary needs.

How it tastes

The glucose drink tastes almost identical to lemonade.

Tips

If you’re having difficulty drinking the drink because you don’t like lemonade, ask for or bring your own straw. This may make it easier to drink the liquid in the required time.

What Does Barium Taste Like?

Glass of milk spiltWhat is barium?

Barium is used as a method of checking the digestive system because of its opacity during X-Rays. The most common forms of giving the liquid before an X-Rays is via a meal or enema. The patient usually ingests special gas pellets and citric acid then has approximately 3 cups of barium.

How it tastes

The best description of barium is a thick, white chalky drink. It’s as thick as a thin milkshake and has been described as anything from citrus to simply plain and flavorless, with a bitter after taste.

Tips

The barium drink is considered the worst part of the test – the scan itself is relatively painless. Although barium is not bad for the body, the amounts needed for a scan can result in stomach and bowel upsets for up to 48 hours.

What Does Castor Oil Taste Like?

Castor oil beansWhat is castor oil?

Castor oil is a liquid laxative that is commonly used externally (for hair and skin) or internally (as a laxative). It’s commonly used for weight loss and to make hair more beautiful. It’s also used by many women to bring on an overdue labor.

How it tastes

Castor oil tastes like a thick oil (imagine drinking straight cooking oil).

The flavor resembles soap and is fairly bland.

Tips

Many people cannot stomach the taste and mix it with other things such as juice. Orange juice is a common recommendation.

What Do Acai Berries Taste Like?

Glass of purple juiceWhat are acai berries?

Acai berries grow on a type of palm tree. They are small, dark purple berries that look similar to blueberries. The berries rose to fame in 2004, after claims that they could vastly improve health and help with weight loss. They are consumed both fresh and dried as well as juiced.

How they taste

The taste of the berries varies between taste buds, but the taste of the fresh berries is generally described as a combination of raspberries and chocolate. Supplements and juices made from the berries may have other additives depending on the manufacturer but the taste is commonly said to be similar to pear or apple juice.

Tips

To date there has been no scientific evidence to either prove or disprove the health and weight loss benefits of acai berries and acai supplements.

What Does Liquid Echinacea Taste Like?

Pink Echinacea  flowerWhat is echinacea?

Echinacea is a plant that is commonly used as a remedy for a range of infections and health problems, in particular colds and flus. The plant is similar in appearance to a daisy and has a pink flower. This herb is usually given in either liquid or pill form, depending on the quality and concentration required, or on personal preference.

How it tastes

Most liquid echinacea products have an alcoholic base. Although the taste may vary between brands and mixtures, the taste is generally described as very bad – some people think the taste is reminiscent of extremely overpowering Sambuca (a licorice tasting alcoholic drink.)

Tips

To make the liquid more palatable you can try taking it with grape juice. Otherwise, try taking it as a shot, chased by something you like, such as your favorite drink or a strong flavored food. It will leave quite an after taste otherwise!

What Does Epsom Salts Taste Like?

Handful of salt, whiteWhat is epsom salts?

Epsom salts are named for the town of Epsom in Surrey, England. They contain magnesium, oxygen and sulfur. It is often used medically and is also a common ingredient in bath salts and used in gardening among a variety of other uses.

How they taste

The taste is reminiscent of salt in some ways; however it is also extremely bitter. Mixing it with water or food makes it slightly more palatable but some people have described the taste as “Similar to battery fluid.”

Tips

Since epsom salt is a laxative, it’s important to only take it orally on a medical professional’s advice.

What Does Chinotto Taste Like?

Two brown bottlesWhat is chinotto?

Chinotto is a soft drink produced in Italy. It was first marketed in the 1950s, although it’s unclear who the creator was – some claim it was first invented in the 1930s, others say it didn’t arrive till the late 1940s. Chinotto is made from the fruit of the Myrtle Leaved Orange Tree. The drink is a dark brown color, similar to Coca-Cola, but has a different taste.

How it tastes

The drink is not as sweet as Coca-Cola. It has a slightly herby bitter taste and seems to be an acquired taste or personal preference. The flavor has also been likened to that of Root Beer.

Tips

Although in some countries Chinotto is marketed under names that contain the word Fanta, don’t assume that it tastes like the well known orange flavored and colored Fanta – it has quite a different and unique taste. It’s also marketed under a range of other names including Chino.

What Does Vio Vibrancy Drink Taste Like?

Cans in shopping centreWhat is Vio Vibrancy?

Vio is a drink marketed by Coca Cola that is basically made of carbonated milk. It is currently available in four flavors, including tropical, citrus, berry and peach mango. They are packaged in an aluminium bottle.

How it tastes

The drinks bear a taste similar to watered down yoghurt with a dash of soda water. They also have a slight after taste and are very sweet. The citrus flavor is quite sour.

Tips

About the only thing these might be suitable for are as mixers with your favorite spirit! They also contain as much sugar as a standard soft drink, so they’re not a healthier choice.