Miraculin in Miracle Fruit Berries Explained

At MiraBurstTM we love to educate people about miracle fruit berries and their incredible taste-altering abilities. When reading a lot of the resources online that discuss Miraculin, the active ingredient in miracle fruit berries, we’ve noticed that the Miraculin is often referred to as a protein. However, this isn’t exactly accurate. Miraculin is actually a glycoprotein, which is a specific type of protein.

Proteins vs. Glycoproteins

Proteins in general are organic compounds that are often considered to be the central compounds necessary for life. They contain nitrogen, carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. Although there are many types of proteins, they all contain amino acids. Proteins make up a broad range of biological matter, including:

  • Skin and muscles
  • Antibodies and enzymes
  • Some hormones

Glycoproteins are specific types of proteins that contain a carbohydrate. Carbohydrates contain only carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms, although they can have many combinations of these molecules. Once a glycoprotein is formed, it will perform certain functions based on its biological makeup. For example, erythropoietin is a glycoprotein which stimulates the production of red blood cells in bone marrow by interacting with oxygen levels in the kidneys.

The Glycoprotein Miraculin

The glycoprotein Miraculin, which is found in the miracle berry, interacts with taste receptors on the tongue. When sour and acidic foods are eaten after the Miraculin has coated the tongue through chewing, the sour tastes of the food are perceived as sweet. This allows people to eat healthy sour foods like oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit, strawberries, vinegar, and yogurt without adding sugar. The Miraculin in miracle fruit berries has also been found to eliminate or reduce chemotherapy-related taste disturbances in over 50% of cancer patients in clinical trials.


If you would like to experience the incredible, all-natural taste transformation of miracle berries, visit the MiraBurstTM Shop page today. Our miracle fruit berry products are great for people seeking a way to improve their diets and are also a fun way to entertain your friends at a Flavor-Tripping Tasting Party.

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