Iamgine a berry that makes coffee, lemons or strawberries taste sweet without added sugar or sweeteners. This remarkable fruit is known as the miracle berry or miracle fruit.
Miracle Berry/Miracle Fruit
Miracle berry is the fruit of Richadella Dulcifica, a shrub native to West Africa. It looks like a cranberry or red olive. What’s miraculous about this fruit is that it can make sour foods taste sweet. Lemon tastes like lemonade. Vinegar tastes like apple juice. Lime tastes like sweet orange.
Miraculin – Sweet Protein
The primary ingredient in miracle fruit is miraculin, a taste-modifying protein that converts sourness into sweetness. By itself, miraculin is not sweet. When sour foods are consumed, miraculin protein changes shape and binds strongly to sweet receptors on the tongue to elicit a very sweet taste.
How Is Miracle Berry Consumed?
Pop one miracle berry in your mouth, scrape the pulp off the seed and swish it around your tongue for about 30-60 seconds before swallowing it. This ensures your tongue is coated with miraculin. Do not bite the seed as it is very bitter. Discard it after removing all the pulp.
How Long Does Miraculin Effect Last?
15 minutes to 2 hours.
What Is The Taste Of Miracle Berry?
Pleasant, a little tangy, with not much flavour.
Potential Uses Of Miracle Fruit
1. Blood Sugar Control - Diabetics
Miraculin changes the perception of taste and has no effect on insulin. It provides sweetness without sugar, so can be useful for diabetics in managing their blood sugar levels or even those who want to limit their sugar intake.
2. Weight Management
Excessive consumption of all forms of sugars have contributed to skyrocketing rates of obesity and diet related diseases worldwide. Sugar is often compared to a drug such as cocaine since both of them stimulate the release of dopamine, a chemical that creates a euphoric effect. This is why sugar is addictive and many people find it difficult to give it up.
Miracle berry provides a sugar-free sweet taste to satisfy your sweet tooth. Miracle berry can enhance the sweetness of natural (unsweetened) yogurt, grapefuit or strawberries to satisfy your sugar cravings while limiting your calorie intake. It enables you to enjoy healthy foods that are satisfying and fulfilling, so you can stay away from candies, ice-creams, cakes or other sugary processed foods.
3. Natural Sweetener
The miraculin in miracle berry can potentially be a substitute for sugar and artificial sweeteners. It is a natural low calorie sweetener that can be beneficial for people who suffer from diseases related to sugar consumption such as obesity, diabetes and hyperlipemia. Unlike other sweeteners, it does not leave an after taste.
4. Improve Taste of Foods - Chemotherapy Patients
Patients undergoing chemotherapy often complain of distortion in the perception of taste such as a metallic or bitter taste in the mouth. This can cause loss of appetite, dislike for some foods and weight loss. Since miracle fruit has the property to modify taste from sour to sweet, it can potentially be used to make foods more palatable for them.
Where To Buy Miracle Fruit/Berries
Miracle Fruits Exchange is a family-run business that has been producing miracle fruit in Florida for over 20 years. Their range of Dulci Berry miracle fruit products include fresh, dried, powder, gum, lollipop and seasonings. Check out their miracle fruit products here