Miracle fruits are botanically known as Synsepalum dulcificum.
It is a small red berry fruit.
- It is called miracle fruit because it is known to help cancer patients treated with chemotherapy to taste and enjoy the flavor of foods again.
- It is native to Ghana, Africa. It has less or low sugar content and mildly sweet.
- It contains unique glycoprotein called miraculin that binds to the taste receptor and alters the natural flavor of foods in a good way. It masks the overwhelming metallic taste of the food that a cancer patient experience after chemotherapy. Chemotherapy causes extreme nausea and patient can develop aversion toward eating and result in weight loss. Eating miracle fruit helps them to get taste bud back and they can enjoy food. It reverses weight loss and boost immune system and helps to recover.
- Miracle fruit can improve insulin sensitivity and might use as an adjuvant for treating diabetic patients with insulin resistance. It naturally reduces sugar intake.
- In 1970s miracle fruit was classified as food additive by FDA!
- It binds the tastes receptor and enhances the experience of eating sour fruits or items. The duration of this taste bud effect will vary by individual and the quantity of the fruit they consumed. It lasts about an hour.
- Berries, freeze dried granules and tablets are the different forms of miracle fruits available in market. One berry or 1 gram of granules or one tablet – all these have similar effect. After consuming the miracle fruit in any of these form sour foods and bitter foods tastes sweet!
Author: Sumana Rao | Posted on: January 4, 2018