9.4% of the US population is living with diabetes – that’s about 30.3 million people. An additional 84.1 million have prediabetes, which leads to the development of type 2 diabetes if the condition is left untreated.
Diabetes is a life-altering condition that requires you to keep constant watch of your blood sugar levels. This usually means adapting your diet, eating fruits and vegetables that sometimes may not be the tastiest, and trying your best not to give in to your sugar cravings.
Thankfully there is something that can make life a little bit easier for diabetics: the Miracle Berry. While this unique fruit can by no means cure diabetes, it can help you maintain a healthier diet. Have a look.
What Is Miracle Berry?
Put simply, Miracle Berry is a taste-altering fruit. Known under many names (sweet berry, miraculous berry, miracle fruit, etc) and, if you want to get technical, its true name is Synsepalum Dulcificum.
But regardless of the name, it all refers to a single plant that originates from West Africa. And no, the plant doesn’t have any magical properties, rather it temporarily changes the flavor of sour and acidic foods and drinks into sweet tasting without any added sugar or sweetener.
This effect is completely natural. You don’t need to add any sweeteners or sugars to change the taste, simply eat the berry before consuming sour or acidic foods and drinks for diabetics, and voila! You’ll immediately experience the sweet sensation.
The effect can last up to 60 minutes.
The reason why the Miracle Berry has such unique properties is that it contains the glycoprotein molecule known as miraculin. This molecule binds to proteins at low pH levels (aka when you eat sour and acidic foods), and super activates your sweet receptors, which allows you to perceive sour taste as sweet. When the saliva, breaks down the miraculin the effect wears off.