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.

What Does Caviar Taste Like?

Black red caviarWhat is caviar?

Caviar, also known as black caviar, is a rare delicacy served either processed or fresh, and made of unfertilized sturgeon roe. Basically – fish eggs.

How it tastes

Caviar has a salty, fishy taste that is also slightly reminiscent of salmon. Some people find the taste slightly gritty. Cheaper caviar has a slightly saltier, fishier taste while many people say that the more expensive black caviar has a “finer” flavor.

Tips

There are many types of caviar available – black caviar is the most expensive because it comes from sturgeon, an over harvested and low population fish – it’s the most common type of fish eggs that people refer to when talking of ‘caviar’. However there are other, cheaper varieties of caviar that are harvested from other fish, such as red caviar.

What Does a Truffle Taste Like?

Truffle What is a truffle?

A truffle is a mushroom fungus that grows underground. They usually live off the nutrients supplied by trees, meaning their usual location is around the roots of large plants and trees. Truffles are usually black or white, with slight color variations in between. Truffles are difficult to grow, often taking years to fully seed and produce and despite being a widely cultivated delicacy in the early 1900s, the two world wars put a severe dent in their production – they’ve never fully recovered the same production levels, meaning they’re very expensive and considered a rare delicacy. Truffles are most commonly harvested using specially trained pigs or dogs that are trained to detect the special truffle odor.

How it tastes

Truffles have a slight mushroom flavor like their relatives, but have deeper, earthier undertones. They are slightly reminiscent of wood or nuts. Because of the different varities, truffle flavor can differ depending on the source of the truffles. People who don’t like them say they taste like dirty mushrooms.

Tips

Truffles are very expensive to buy because of the difficulty in cultivation and harvesting. For a slightly cheaper chance to taste the truffle flavor, try truffle oil instead of fresh truffles, in your cooking.

If you do plan to buy these you’ll probably need to do so in a speciality store. Fungus truffles are also often confused with chocolate truffles, a sweet (and much cheaper) confectionery.

What Does Watercress Taste Like?

Watercress leavesWhat is watercress?

Watercress belongs to the same family as Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. This family of vegetables is known as the Brassicacaea family. Watercress also is a strong natural antibiotic. It also contains B1, B2, B6, C, E, manganese, carotene, calcium, fiber, iron and copper. The best way to consume watercress is in the fresh, raw form, as the most potent parts of it are present in the fresh juice.

How it Tastes

Watercress has a bitter tang to it. It also is quite spicy and hot, making it a popular addition to plain or neutrally flavored foods. The younger plants have a milder taste, while mature plants have a much stronger flavor.

Tips

When dried or cooked, Watercress releases a deliciously unexpected, flowery aroma. Despite it’s strong natural healing properties when taken in the raw form, continuing to eat it over extended periods may be linked to cystitis or other bladder problems because of its strong diuretic properties. Eating small amounts of watercress regularly however, can prevent prostate or colon cancer.

Other Uses

When the juice of the watercress is applied to the hair and scalp, it can help the hair grow thicker, healthier and more luxuriously.