***Please note that there have been some recent concerns about the below product. Please read more at this post, do some reading and research, and decide for yourself what is best for your family. Thank you.
This is part 2 in a series on Fermented Cod Liver Oil – this post will cover:
- What are the taste differences between regular and fermented cod liver oil? (See my UPDATE below to find out what I thought when I tried it!)
- How much should you take?
- And, what about butter oil?
Read part 1: why is fermented cod liver oil better nutritionally?
Read part 3: where to buy the fermented cod liver oil
DOES IT TASTE THE SAME AS ‘REGULAR’ COD LIVER OIL?
Well, I just got my first bottle to try. I filled the syringe that came with it up to 1/2 teaspoon and quickly shot it toward the back of my throat before I lost my nerve. It was icky, but honestly not as bad as I expected. Immediately after I swallowed, I took some drinks of hot coffee, ate some food, and then I was fine!
For the price difference between the oil and the capsules, I think I can get used to it. If I can do it, ANYBODY CAN! I know I can get Kent to take the oil (he was in the Marines, after all), but I’m not so sure about our teenager. I may have to bite the bullet and get the capsules for him. (I can’t really expect a 16 year old to get it down when it took me until age 41 to make my first attempt!)
Also, I have to say that I disagree with Dave’s opinion (see below) on the taste. As I mentioned in the comments below, I don’t think it tastes like apple cider vinegar AT ALL. It just tastes like…well, like fish oil with a touch of cinnamon (I got the “cinnamon tingle” flavor).
HOW TO GET YOUR KIDS TO TAKE IT?
As most of you know, I don’t normally recommend that kids drink much juice, but if they take a little shot of it in order to get their fermented CLO down, then I’m OK with it! A friend of mine has a little boy who is one of the pickiest eaters I’ve ever had in my day care. She introduced a new juice when she began giving him the FCLO and he has never mentioned the taste ONCE! She said even the cup smells after he’s done, but he drinks it all down!
Remember, you’re not supposed to like it – it’s cod liver oil you know!
But I’ve taken it daily for almost a week now and it really does get easier – you sort of get used to that 3 seconds of “ICK!” before you quickly eat something to get the taste out. And make sure to shoot it way to the back of your throat, trust me on this.
—For the capsules, adults can take 3 daily (serving size says 2 though), kids can have one.
—For the liquids, adults can take 1/2 t. daily (serving size says 2cc though, a bit less than 1/2 t.) and kids can take 1/4 t. I give more if they’re coming down with something, though, or if we forgot for a few days.
According to the Weston A. Price page (see links below), an adult would want to take an amount to equal 10,000 I.U.’s of vitamin A per day. For the liquid, that works out to about 1/2 t. However, you could probably get by with a little less, as Dave said that the vitamin amounts listed on the bottle are minimum amounts, and actually probably much higher, because there are many varying ways to measure for it. This is a living food found in its natural form, therefore it’s not always possible to give exact amounts, compared to synthetic supplements where exact amounts are easy to come up with because they are added in.
I just spoke with Dave at Green Pastures, and he personally just takes more of it 2 or 3 times a week, whenever he remembers. We discussed it and don’t see why it would matter, as long as you’re consistently taking it, so you can reap all the heath benefits.
Lastly, have you heard about how cod liver oil is more beneficial when taken with BUTTER OIL?
Another Sally (from a forum I belong to) emailed Sally Fallon to ask a question I have often wondered about:
Am I correct in my understanding that if I am getting an adequate amount of good butter (although not raw) in my diet, then I would not necessarily need to have the butter oil in addition to the CLO?
“Yes, that is correct.”
I’m glad this is true, because we eat a LOT of butter (organic, but not raw), and not only is the butter oil expensive, it also isn’t very tasty, in my opinion.
UPDATE ON BUTTER OIL:
If you have any health issues, nowadays I’d still recommend the butter oil, though! Read this post: How to Save $2600 in Dental Bills
Here is what Dave at Green Pastures says at his blog on the taste differences:
The fermented CLO appears to be a very special oil. It has very deep and broad range of nutrients not commonly found in processed cod liver oil’s. The price is very economical when viewed from a per dose perspective. Each dose will have a minimum of 5000A/500D (or higher). The fermented CLO is a double edge sword for some. The FCLO goes through a lacto-fermentation process to extract the oil from the liver. This is a similar lactic acid process that apple cider vinegar goes through. As a result, the fermented CLO will have a similar feel in the back of the throat as apple cider vinegar. Past generations understood this and would sooth the action by emulsifying the CLO in 1 ounce of fresh full fat milk, cream, organic orange juice or apple cider vinegar. My favorite is the licorice lips CLO emulsified in cream or milk. Or…………… just take the capsules. We have gone through great expense and effort to provide these products in a special ‘non-gelatin’ two part capsule. This special encapsulating process is done without heat and chemicals (unlike gelatin capsules).
- Have you read this Cod liver oil update with info on possible vitamin toxicity from Chris Masterjohn & Sally Fallon?
- Cod liver oil: do we really need to take it?
- Cod liver oil: tips for getting it down
- Sally Fallon – Dirty Little Secrets of the Food Industry
- Information on the correct amount of cod liver oil needed daily for adults, children, and pregnant or nursing moms.