To hell with trepidation. I'm forcing myself to try those five intriguing foods that scare me. I may barf, I may cry, and I may not always enjoy myself, but at least I won't be a coward.
#5: Prune Juice
All right, all right, so prune juice isn't exactly the Everest of food and drink. I'm considering it a warm-up for more challenging foods like a Chunk's Four Horsemen Burger.
In answer to my concern regarding the juice's "cleansing" effect on my digestive system, blog reader Diarrhea Cha-Cha-Cha recommended I eat while sitting on the commode; however, I'm not quite ready to stoop, that is to say, squat to that level. I also took into consideration the advice of reader Condimentqueen, who warned me that prune juice was "really sweet."
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She was right. Prune juice is the type of beverage unsuspecting small children might guzzle with abandon: Perhaps the appropriately named "Sunsweet" company has a wicked sense of humor and likes to see kids OD on a mild laxative. After a few sips, I had to cut my four-ounce pour with some cold water. God knows how old folks can drink gallons of this stuff.
I wonder, however, if prune juice might just be the perfect mixer for cheap-ass vodka and gin, which never taste good straight up. A prune martini to get you roaring drunk and regular?
Which leads me to the original source of my anxiety: prune juice's impact on my GI system. Let's just say there was nothing unusual to report. Moderation was key.