I just take a spoonful or two in my mouth and chase with morning coffee or tea.
Maybe 3 is too much for you...I prefer to take with something hot, myself.
It gives me an icky feeling to just swallow solid or cold on an empty stomach.
I take it because it makes my skin very smooth. I have cut down to about 1 tbs but still feel the benefit.
How are you doing with the weight loss? I am responding to a 3 month old post.