Some of the healthiest things in life taste pretty strange. Here are five of them. 

It’s no secret that some of the things your body likes best don’t taste great going down. When it comes to wellness, sometimes you need more than a spoonful of sugar! 

But there’s a reason your parents made you finish your veggies before you got dessert — research shows that bitter flavors often signal the presence of ingredients our bodies crave. It turns out that, when it comes to healthy living, sometimes bitter really is better!  

We decided to celebrate this paradox with five not-so-great-tasting products your body will love (even if your taste buds aren’t so sure):

Green Juice 

With its murky swamp water shade, green juice doesn’t look like the tastiest beverage. And since the most effective formulations often include bitter ingredients like dandelion greens, kale, and matcha powder, green juice usually tastes as off-putting as it looks. But the veggies in your green juice are the source of beneficial plant compounds and a host of essential vitamins and minerals. They also contain large amounts of prebiotics, which nurture your microbiome. So taste issues aside, it’s wellness in a glass!

Apple Cider Vinegar

There’s a reason apple cider vinegar (especially the funky-looking raw kind with the mother floating at the bottom) is such a classic home remedy. It contains a high dose of acetic acid, which can help prevent harmful bacteria from multiplying in the gut. And it gets better; several promising studies suggest it may aid in weight loss by increasing feelings of satiation, preventing overindulgence in empty calories. These powers make it well worth the pain of bolting down a tablespoon after meals.

red headed women smelling a green drink and making a disgusting look on her face

Cocoa Nibs 

When we think of chocolate, we think of something sweet and delicious, with a creamy mouthfeel. Maybe a chewy Snickers or the gooey center of a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie. Cocoa nibs are… not exactly that. These crunchy little sprinkles might be the base for your favorite candies, but their taste is anything but sweet. But unlike a chocolate chip, cocoa nibs pack a nutritional punch, delivering a potent dose of antioxidants, fiber, and heart-healthy flavonoids. Nestle who?


The villain of many a childhood dining table, brassicas like cabbage, kale, and the dreaded Brussels sprout are difficult for some to take. In fact, like cilantro, brassicas’ unpleasant aftertaste might be more detectable for people with a genetic predisposition for tasting bitter flavors. Even if you’re one of those unlucky folks, you still might want to try to overcome your brassica aversion for the sake of the health benefits they carry, including compounds that help regulate inflammatory systems, support eye health, and even may help prevent cancer. It looks like Mom was right — you really do need to eat your vegetables.

Wana Wellness Fast-Acting Tinctures

Last but not least, our favorite good-for-you substance of all: our line of Wellness Tinctures! 

Packed with naturally occurring CBD, essential terpenes, and other active plant compounds, these tinctures might not be as tasty as our fruit-flavored hemp gummies, but they provide a potent punch. If you’re looking to rest, relax, or restore your body, adding a few drops of one of these targeted tinctures to a small glass of water (or depositing them directly under your tongue) is a shortcut to targeted relief when you need it the most. 

Our REST tincture, for example, includes CBD and other beneficial ingredients like Skullcap, Melatonin, and GABA to help you get the restful sleep your body craves. 

And unlike most CBD tinctures, we make ours with innovative nanoemulsion technology, which produces tiny, water-encapsulated molecules (smaller than a human gene) so your body truly absorbs them sublingually; they enter the bloodstream almost instantly through the cells beneath your tongue. 

It’s a powerful remedy that delivers results in just 5 -15 minutes!