The Miracle Fruit
April 18, 2016
ONE BITE SWEETENS EVERYTHING
Not into sour? You’re not alone. This Miracle Fruit berry changes sour flavors to sweet naturally by changing your taste perception. Synsepalum dulcificum, most commonly known as Miracle Fruit, is a native West Africa that is traditionally used as a sweetener. The berries grow on one-meter high bushes, and are well suited to the hot, humid West African climate.
Though very drought tolerant, the plants need good irrigation for consistently high fruit production. These bushes prefer a slightly acidic soil and plenty of sunlight. At harvest time the berries are freeze-dried to preserve the “miraculin” compound that changes the way foods taste.
HOW DOES SOUR BECOME SWEET?
Your taste buds, depending on where they are located register various flavor sensations. When Miraculin is consumed, it temporarily changes taste by binding to those that register sweet flavors. At a neutral pH there is little to notice. Bite into something (with low pH)
and the Miraculin bound taste buds activate to alter sour to sweet.
Miraculin makes your brain perceive sweet no matter what you’ve eaten. Go ahead – drink straight lemon juice. You won’t be pulling a sour face.. The effects of the miracle fruit are not permanent. The taste altering effect wears off in about an hour, and your taste buds? Well, sour will definitely have pucker power again!
LIVE HAPPIER WITH MIRACLE FRUIT
Many foods have a low pH which would be impacted and changed to a sweet flavor after eating these berries. Beer and coffee completely change flavor, as do cheese, nuts and fruits.
For those on a diet, Miracle Fruit is quite interesting, especially if you’ve got a sweet tooth. Pre-sweetened foods naturally contain a lot of that forbidden sugar. You can cheat without cheating! All foods seem sweeter than they actually are. You can satisfy that sweet tooth without the unwanted after effects. If sugar calories aren’t an issue, consider the benefits to your teeth! Cane sugar is the number one cause of cavities.
THE MIRACLE FRUIT IN THE FUTURE
The benefits of miraculin are here to stay, though the form may change in the future. Scientists are working to isolate the compounds that make Miracle Fruit work, and introduce them to other fruits and vegetables, as well as synthesizing them in laboratories.
WHERE TO GET MIRACLE FRUIT
Though it can be difficult to find in some parts of Europe, in England and North America it is somewhat easier. Simply search on the Internet. You will quickly find many websites that sell it in several different forms.