What is taste modification?

Here at MiraBurst, we often write about the amazing “taste-modifying” effects of our MiraBurst Miracle Berry Tablets and how our tablets can transform the taste of sour and acidic foods so they taste sweet naturally, without the use of sugar or artificial sweeteners. But what is taste modification? Below we’ll discuss this phenomenon and how it can be used to improve your health.

Taste Modification Defined

Occurring in nature, there are a number of acids, proteins, and other compounds that can modify taste sensitivity, not by changing the properties of foods themselves, but by transforming the way the tongue perceives the tastes of foods. In most cases, these acids, proteins, and other compounds only affect specific tastes perceptions, leaving other flavors consumed at the same time unaffected. Many of these taste modifiers have been used for centuries in their native habitats to enhance the diets of the local community.

Types of Taste Modifiers

The Society of Sensory Professionals has categorized taste modifiers into three distinct groups: anti-sweet substances, sweet proteins, and sweetness-inducing proteins. All of these taste-modifiers are plant-based, but they can be found in either leaves or berries, depending on the particular substance.

Anti-Sweet Substances

Anti-sweet substances suppress the sweet taste perceptions of the tongue. Substances classified as anti-sweet include gymnemic acid, hodulcin, gumarin, and ziziphin.

Sweet Proteins

Sweet proteins intensify sweet taste perceptions, without any additives, These proteins include thaumatin, pentadin, monellin, and mabinlin.

Sweet-Inducing Proteins

Sweet-inducing proteins alter the taste perception of one type of taste (like salty, sour, or bitter) by transforming it into a sweet taste. This transformation makes them different from the sweet proteins above, which simply heighten the intensity of already-existing sweet tastes. Sweet-inducing proteins include curculin and miraculin, the glycoprotein found in our MiraBurst Miracle Berry Tablets.

The Benefits of Taste Modification

As noted above, taste modifiers have been utilized in their native habitats for hundreds of years to increase the nutritional value of the local diet or as a remedy for illness or disease. For example, people in India and Sri Lanka have used the leaves of Gymnema sylvestre, which contains gymnemic acid, to treat diabetes.

In the case of the miraculin found in miracle berries, the nutritional and therapeutic benefits are numerous. Miraculin transforms the flavors of sour and acidic foods so they taste sweet, allowing people to increase their consumption of nutrient-rich foods like berries, yogurt, vinegars, and citrus fruits. People on sugar-restricted diets can still enjoy sweet flavors by using miracle berries. Miracle berries have also been found to provide relief for chemotherapy patients suffering the effects of “metal mouth” from their treatments. And lastly, diabetics find it beneficial to use miracle berries to enjoy consuming recommended sour superfoods that have a low glycemic index.

Don’t wait to benefit from the increase in health that taste modification can provide. Order MiraBurst Miracle Berry Tablets today and savor more sweet flavors while improving your health.