Taste Science

Magic Berries Make Everything Sweet

Isn’t it crazy how this berry works (for most people) WITH the taste buds instead of against and works with the foods instead of against? Instead of adding many things to try and make the food palatable, all you have to do is sit back and let mberry do it’s thing. Just let that magical berry do all the work and PRESTO that lemon water is lemonade, that grapefruit is delicious, that not quite ripe strawberry is so sweet you can’t handle it. You start to think “How have I been living without this?” and we’re wondering too! It’s not just a gimmick, it’s a life changer!

Now it won’t make everything sweet, only sour foods and foods with sugar in them- natural or otherwise. However it has been known to alter spicy and vinegary foods- not necessarily change to sweet, just lessening the effect of those flavors, but you will still feel it in the back of your throat. 

If that doesn’t appeal to you then of course you can just stick to the sour turning sweet. All you have to do to get rid of the sweetening effects of mberry is drink something warm to wash it away.

Unless you want everything you want to eat in the next thirty minutes or so to have a slightly different taste then I would recommend taking mberry strategically. Plan a meal or snack just for using mberry so you can get the full effects and experience. If you want to have a quick meal using mberry, prepare a warm drink with lemon and use it to cleanse your palate after you’re done - it will get rid of the coating of mberry on your tongue.

mberry Tablets Alter Taste Perception

Due to the magic berry’s ability to completely alter the flavor of foods, the protein was appropriately named Miraculin. But how does this protein change taste buds and make everything sweet?

It is important to first understand how our taste buds respond under normal conditions before understanding how miracle berries work. Every person has several different types of receptors on their taste buds. These receptors help us differentiate between sweet, sour, bitter, savory, and umami tastes. So if you were to bite a lime, for example, your sour receptors would begin firing, signaling that the flavor your tongue is detecting is sour.

Miraculin binds strongly to the receptors found on the tongue. Because Miraculin in the magic fruit changes shape when exposed to acids, it causes corresponding changes in the way the receptors on our tongue respond to these acids. In this way, Miraculin in the miracle berry rewires the sweet receptors to identify acids as sugars instead. So, if you were to bite a lime after eating a miracle berry, your sweet receptors would fire, making you perceive a sweet taste rather than a sour taste.

This effect is so desirable that many scientists have tried to replicate the Miraculin protein to grow in other foods such as lettuce. They artificially produced the Miraculin rather than use the natural production found in the miracle berry. Published in 2006, researchers Hyeon-Jin Sun, Min-Long Cui, Biao Ma, and Hiroshi Ezura released their findings of Miraculin production in lettuce. After trying out many different hosts, they found lettuce to be the most viable to hold the protein and reproduce it when the plant reproduces. You can read about their discoveries here.  

There are actually a couple different types of these proteins that temporarily alter your taste receptors. These are called Brazzein, Thaumatin, Monellin, Curculin, Mabinlin and Pentadin. Of these proteins Miraculin is the only one that doesn’t taste sweet when ingested. The rest of these proteins are sweet when eaten and will change the flavor of anything consumed afterward to sweet. They taste like any other natural sweetener i.e. stevia or monk fruit. 

A majority of these proteins are found in similar berries, mostly native to West Africa. Even though you can find most of these amazing proteins in berries, they are still not commonly known about and not commonly consumed in recent years because of a cultural shift in their native lands.  

The Japanese beer company Kirin has started to develop a manufactured Monellin to be able to add to food processes as a sugar and sweetener alternative.

The original uses are being forgotten and knowledge is easily lost when it’s not passed on to those who want to learn and use it. That’s why we don’t want this extraordinary plant to go unnoticed or forgotten. We believe in it’s survival and want the knowledge, uses and traditions to remain relevant in people’s minds. 

mberry Tablet Ingredients

Our mberry tablets are a secret ratio of Miracle Fruit Powder and cornstarch. That’s it. We are one of the only manufactures who have complete control over what exactly goes into our product since we do everything from the ground up- literally. We grow the trees, harvest the fruit, freeze dry the berries, form them into tablets with our patented recipe, and ship to the U.S. where we distribute and sell. It’s simple and straightforward-we control the whole process. 

This magic little berry will take you all over the world if you let it. 

Are mberry Tablets Safe?

Since mberry tablets are just miracle berries and cornstarch, they are safe for everyone who can eat both of those ingredients. We haven’t heard of any cases of being allergic to miracle fruit but we would always recommend trying new foods in a safe environment with people who can help in case you do have a reaction. It’s always good to be safe and prepared. The effects don’t last very long and you can always wash it away with a warm drink. The only safety measure everyone should take is to not eat too much acidic foods or contrasting foods in one sitting. Things like an abundance of cheese, lemons, and apple cider vinegar is certainly a recipe for a stomach ache without any bread or carbs in your stomach. We know it is an amazing trick, but please be cautious about how much food you consume!

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