How to Find a 'Sense-able' Supplement

A Senseable Supplement is a supplement whose formulation allows you to use your sense of taste or smell to assess your body’s appetite for a specific nutrient. Sense-able supplements are individual nutrients (not multivitamins)  prepared without any additives, flavors or scents that could interfere with smell preference responses.

Smell Taste Preference Scale

Smell preferences are identified using our Smell Taste Preference Scale TM.



Use these guidelines to choose sense-able supplements:

  • Check the Supplements Facts. There should be one vitamin or one mineral or mineral compound listed (e.g. B12; Vitamin A;  Magnesium Chloride).
  • Check the whole label to see if there is any mention of flavorings or sweeteners.* Flavorings and sweeteners will interfere with your smell response and are not ‘sense-able.’ Even artificial sweeteners can make a supplement smell sweet.
  • Check the ‘Other Ingredients’ typically listed right below Supplement Facts
    • Look for any mention of flavorings such as vanillin, fruit extracts, or herbs
    • Look for sweeteners including artificial sweeteners. See list at end*
  • Additives used to hold the tablet together or act as flow agents to prevent clumping are OK such as stearate, cellulose, stearic acid, and silica.
  • Tablets are typically better for smell testing than capsules. Exceptions are fat soluble vitamins such as Vitamin A, D, and E which are ‘sense-able’ in capsule form.
  • Avoid tablets with hard coatings which could inhibit the scent of the nutrient. Hard coatings are often artificially flavored and colored.

A bonus to using these guidelines is you’ll get the purest form without the additives and sweeteners that can interfere with absorption, create digestive distress, and add unnecessary calories.

*Natural and Artificial Sweeteners to avoid when supplement shopping

  • Agave
  • Fructose or high-fructose corn syrup
  • Honey
  • Sucrose
  • Stevia
  • Monk fruit
  • Aspartame
  • Acesulfame-K
  • Saccharin
  • Cyclamate
  • Sucralose
  • Neotame
  • Advantame
  • Acesulfame potassium
  • Sugar alcohols: erythritol, isomalt, lactitol, maltitol, mannitol, sorbitol, xylitol and hydrogenated starch hydrolysates (HSH)