Eat Sweets Without Carbs or Sugars

Eat Sweets Without Carbs or Sugars

Are you looking to satisfy your sweets cravings without the detrimental health impacts from sugar and excessive carbohydrates? The miracle berry may be your answer! Made from the synsepalum dulcifucum plant, the miracle berry rewires your tongue to enjoy all types of flavors, and the effects last for roughly an hour. Foods that were sour or bitter become sweet and tangy. Vinegar, hot sauce, and raw lemons become palatable and enjoyable flavors.

General Characteristics of the Miracle Berry

Protein Model Structure of Miraculin

The miracle berry changes the taste receptors in your tounge through the use of miraculin, a protein that exists in the flesh of the berry. Once known only in the scientific world, many others are now catching on to the uses of miraculin. It works by binding to the receptors of the tongue , and can stay there anywhere between 20 minutes to one hour. As long as the miraculin is bound to the receptors on the tongue, the food that is enjoyed will have a pleasantly sweet, transformed taste.

The plant grows as a shrub that grows to approximately 10 feet in cultivation, and approximately 20 feet in the wild. The berries form in clusters at the end of the branches, and are the size and shape of almonds. The miracle berries are available on the market in fresh and freeze dried form.

Historical Uses of the Miracle Berry

The fruit originates in West Africa, where it has been used since at least the 18th century. European explorer Chevalier des Marchais provided an account of its use in West Africa during his 1725 excursion to evaluate fruits and plants of the continent.

In the 1970s the United States FDA classified the berry as a food additive. Dieters were able to then purchase a pill form of miraculin, and the phenomenon known today as flavor tripping parties was born. At these parties many different types of food are supplied after attendees are having miraculin, and the change in taste is experienced for pickles, hot sauce, radishes, and limes just to name a few.

Modern Day Uses of the Miracle Berry

In tropical West Africa, the miracle berry is still used to sweeten palm wine and other bitter foods. The berry is also popular with dieters wishing to avoid sugar, diabetic patients, and is known to assist cancer patients with their appetite. Food enthusiasts have seen a growing resurgence of the flavor tripping parties made popular in the 1970s.

You may have already heard of the miraculous small berry that transforms the taste buds on various news channels and newspaper outlets. The buzz has been tremendous for people interested in improving their diet, losing weight, and those struggling with more serious conditions. It has been featured in National Geographic, CNN and the Wall Street Journal. Click play below to view footage of the miracle berry being used to sweeten foods.

References

  • CNN
  • Kiefer F, Arnold K, Künzli M, Bordoli L, Schwede T (2009). The SWISS-MODEL Repository and associated resources. Nucleic Acids Res. 37, D387-D392.
  • Jürgen Kopp and Torsten Schwede (2004). The SWISS-MODEL Repository of annotated three-dimensional protein structure homology models. Nucleic Acids Res. 32, D230-D234.
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