To those people who have tried the zinc tally/taste test (the one that uses zinc sulfate in a base of purified water), could you taste anything...
Did the test indicate that you were zinc replete, ie. "an immediate, strong and unpleasant taste is experienced"
Or, that you were only slightly deficient, ie. "an immediate slight taste is noted, which increases with time over the ten second period"
Searching paleohacks i have found a few responses from people who have tried this test...& those few results were either 'taste nothing' or 'tastes like water' (which purports to indicate a zinc deficiency).
So i was interested to hear from people who had tried the test & did actually taste something.
And/Or, were you able to change your 'test status' by supplementing with zinc, eg. going from 'taste nothing' to 'strong taste'
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on October 26, 2013
at 03:18 PM
I've tried it. To me it tastes very light, so I probably need more zinc though I do take ZMA and sometimes a zinc citrate pill.
One of my kids said it tasted disgusting and very strong, the other said tasted like water, my wife said tasted like water. So obviously there is some difference.
Edit: out of curiosity, I've doubled my dose of zinc citrate yesterday, and yes, this morning, the taste of the Zinc Challenge liquid is much stronger, to the point of being disgusting, so the stuff does indeed work.
on October 26, 2013
at 04:41 AM
my own personal opinion on the zinc taste test, is that it is Not a good/reliable indicator of body zinc status.
this view seems to be backed up by some of the more recent studies/reviews (past 10 years), here are links to a couple,
tho i do wonder (pure speculation on my part) if gender may also be a factor, ie. if there is any correlation between the zinc taste test and zinc status, then it is only in women? related ref: Dietary zinc intake and sex differences in taste acuity in healthy young adults