Also known as miracle berries, miracle fruit, sweet berry and miraculous berry, miraculin berries are ‘magical.’ When eaten, the berries cause sour food to taste sweet due to the miraculin present in them. The molecules of the fleshy fruit bind to taste buds which results in the aforementioned effect.
If pH is neutral, the miraculin blocks and binds receptors but if pH is low, it binds proteins which in turn activate sweet receptors on our tongue. The effect lasts till the protein on the tongue is washed away by saliva which can take about half an hour.
Benefits of Miraculin Berries
1. Aids Weight Loss
The powder made from miraculin berries serves as a good diet supplement since it is sugar free and has no calories to speak of. Its taste modifying properties allows people to drink and eat healthy food without consuming additional calories.
2. Makes Medicine Taste Better
Miraculin berries are great for kids who don’t like taking bitter medicine. The powder made from the berries can make medication taste more palatable and make it go down easier as a result. However, ask your physician before using this remedy to ensure the berry does not react adversely to the medication.
3. Controls tooth decay
Since miraculin berries don’t contain sugar, products made from it can help people control their sweet cravings which in turn can prevent tooth decay.
Miraculin berries are usually not used in recipes because they alter taste. However, they can be used to throw ‘taste trippin’ parties.
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