• This test may be used to evaluate zinc status
  • Responses to tasting 10 mL of the solution normally fall into one of the following four categories
    • 1) No specific taste or other sensation is noticed, even after the solution has been kept in the mouth for about 10 seconds
    • 2) No immediate taste is noted, after a few seconds, a slight taste variously described as 'dry mineral', 'furry' or 'sweet' develops
    • 3) A definite, though not strongly unpleasant taste is noted almost immediately and tends to intensify with time
    • 4) A strong and unpleasant taste is noted immediately
  • Category 1 is the poorest zinc status, while category 4 is optimal


  • 2 metric teaspoons (10 mL) per test, taste in the mouth for 10 seconds then swallow
  • If taste is in category 1 or 2: 5 mL (1 metric teaspoon) 3 times daily until taste description of category 3 or 4 is noted


  • Always read the label
  • Dietary supplements should not replace a balanced diet
  • If symptoms persist, worsen or change unexpectedly, consult your healthcare professional


Zinc sulphate
equiv. Zinc
59 mg
13.5 mg


This product is listed with the TGA - AustL 16456. The TGA publishes product info, including excipients under the "Other ingredients" subheading (not typically listed on the product label). Download the TGA public summary below. Learn more about excipients