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Dealing with the Taste of L-Leucine

I have been taking it by dropping a scoop’s worth in the back of my throat and washing it down with a drink, it leaves a horrible taste in my throat for 15 minutes.

I have tried putting it in shakes, and it makes them undrinkable.

I have put it in food, and it leaves a very bitter aftertaste.

I usually have a strong stomach and taste buds, but this stuff is bad. Any ideas that I haven’t thought of, or should I just suck it up?

Have you tried eating it in the South park way? http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/153525

mix with crystal light?

-chris

Congratulations on being in the minority!

As a taster as well, I really only find leucine tolerable in something with a VERY masking flavor. 1 scoop of Metabolic Drive is usually sufficient, especially if you add in some Superfood. If you really are sensitive enough to be able to taste the leucine even in a shake, try adding some peanut butter. Juice is a poor choice, in my experience, and I would assume that milk is too.

I’ve never tried it in a soda, but it could work.

[quote]DOHCrazy wrote:
I have been taking it by dropping a scoop’s worth in the back of my throat and washing it down with a drink, it leaves a horrible taste in my throat for 15 minutes.
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Try having some water in your mouth before you put the leucine in.

[quote]chimera182 wrote:
DOHCrazy wrote:
I have been taking it by dropping a scoop’s worth in the back of my throat and washing it down with a drink, it leaves a horrible taste in my throat for 15 minutes.

Try having some water in your mouth before you put the leucine in.[/quote]

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this is how it is done for no taste

I was utterly horrified the first time I tasted L-Leucine - especially after seeing it reported as TASTELESS.
So what’s the deal with only a minority being ‘tasters’?

Well, just like everybody’s metabolism, hormones, etc. vary from person to person, peoples’ taste buds vary too.

In the case of Leucine, it’s an issue of actually HAVING a particular taste bud which, anecdotally, seems to be in the minority of people (around 30%, from a dubious study I ran across once). The NUMBER of taste buds you have can also vary, so you’d get more or less of the Leucine reaction based on that. The first time I got lLeucine, I opened it up to see what it tasted like.

I just touched my finger to the powder to get what stuck and even with just that, I had my mouth under the sink for 3-4 minutes. I try to interject with this every time I see a Leucine thread started, mostly because there are so many more people who can’t taste it and a thread can go a whole page with people saying it has no taste and never mentioning that it’s a case-by-case thing.

The positive side to the whole thing is that Leucine isn’t the ONLY thing that this taste bud reacts to, so you’re actually tasting even some normal things more fully than most people.

are you guys using Biotest’s product? cause it is totally tasteless

[quote]Avocado wrote:
mix with crystal light?

-chris[/quote]

This guy named Bill use to work at my work and crystal light got brought up one day and he goes “crysatl light is for fags and aroebics intructers” I think of that everytime i hear crystal light.

[quote]bwbski wrote:
are you guys using Biotest’s product? cause it is totally tasteless[/quote]

That’s not true.

[quote]horsepuss wrote:
Avocado wrote:
mix with crystal light?

-chris

This guy named Bill use to work at my work and crystal light got brought up one day and he goes “crysatl light is for fags and aroebics intructers” I think of that everytime i hear crystal light.

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Crystal Light is delicious. You just watch your mouth, even when quoting some other lunatic.

Rasberry green tea. Enjoy yourself, even if you wont admit to it.

[quote]BONEZ217 wrote:
horsepuss wrote:
Avocado wrote:
mix with crystal light?

-chris

This guy named Bill use to work at my work and crystal light got brought up one day and he goes “crysatl light is for fags and aroebics intructers” I think of that everytime i hear crystal light.

Crystal Light is delicious. You just watch your mouth, even when quoting some other lunatic.

Rasberry green tea. Enjoy yourself, even if you wont admit to it. [/quote]

Lol, that is the best flavor.

Yes, I have Biotest L-Leucine. I’ve had it for a long time, I don’t even really use it because of how bad it taste [to me.]

I have a cap n quick kit. I used it to cap my leucine, you can’t taste anything when you are swallowing a pill.

http://www.cap-m-quik.com/

[quote]DOHCrazy wrote:
I have been taking it by dropping a scoop’s worth in the back of my throat and washing it down with a drink, it leaves a horrible taste in my throat for 15 minutes.

I have tried putting it in shakes, and it makes them undrinkable.

I have put it in food, and it leaves a very bitter aftertaste.

I usually have a strong stomach and taste buds, but this stuff is bad. Any ideas that I haven’t thought of, or should I just suck it up?[/quote]

Try mixing it in some kind of juice. Or even try putting the scoop on your tongue, press it against the roof of your mouth, hold it there, then drink some water. I can taste it too, but not as strongly as you do bro. I know it sucks, but L-Leucing is worth it. So just get it over with, you know, kind of like milk of magnesia. Just Get…It…Done

It’s been said many times before, pour in mouth and rinse with water.

Takes maybe 15 seconds, so it’s not like you have to deal with the taste for very long.

[quote]bwbski wrote:
are you guys using Biotest’s product? cause it is totally tasteless[/quote]

This is the worst case of someone not reading the thread that I’ve seen in the past week…

If you can’t use crystal light, juice, Metabolic Drive, or anything to take the leucine, the other guy’s suggestion of an at-home pill kit might be your best bet.

I enjoy the taste. Adds a bitterness to my shakes that I enjoy. However, I also use unflavored protein powder and waxy maize everyday so maybe I’m just conditioned to tasting nasty things.

[quote]BONEZ217 wrote:
horsepuss wrote:
Avocado wrote:
mix with crystal light?

-chris

This guy named Bill use to work at my work and crystal light got brought up one day and he goes “crysatl light is for fags and aroebics intructers” I think of that everytime i hear crystal light.

Crystal Light is delicious. You just watch your mouth, even when quoting some other lunatic.

Rasberry green tea. Enjoy yourself, even if you wont admit to it. [/quote]

Im not saying I dont like it, I agree that it is good I have have some in my cupbaord right now.I just think of that when I hear crystal light.

I absolutely hate the taste of Leucine. Even when mixed with any flavor of Metabolic Drive, I still canâ??t stand it. Try mixing it in yogurt and then chasing it with pulpy orange juice. Or, try it with Metabolic Drive chocolate and fresh berries blended with ice. I guess it all depends on your caloric intake, though.