The Miracle Berry May Have a Future as a Diet AidAndrea Sedillo
Can the miracle berry take the place of harmful chemical sweeteners? And, if so, what can that mean to those who have struggled with weight loss? What about the rest of the population who are addicted to sugar? How may it even help our current epidemic of diabetes?
Are Chemical Artificial Sweeteners Safe?
We already understand that processed sugars are harmful to our health in a multitude of ways. And new studies now confirm that artificial sweeteners may be harmful as well.
There are those in the industry who believe that the miracle berry may hold the key for those who struggle to keep their weight in check without the added harm of using artificial sweeteners. In fact, Harvard Medical School published an article which basically said that artificial sweetener safety may be a great unknown:
“Whether non-nutritive sweeteners are safe depends on your definition of safe. Studies leading to FDA approval have ruled out cancer risk, for the most part. However, those studies were done using far smaller amounts of diet soda than the 24 ounces a day consumed by many people who drink diet soda. We really don’t know what effect large amounts of these chemicals will have over many years.”
A Natural Alternative
When the miracle berry was first discovered in the late 1700s in West Africa, the natives had been using its taste modifying ability for centuries. The miracle fruit has the ability to transform the way taste buds perceive sour or acidic foods. After taste buds come into contact with the fruit or miracle fruit tablets, anything eaten for up to two hours afterward tastes sweet. This is due to the protein called miraculin.
Miraculin is a taste modifier that binds to the sweet taste receptor on the tongue but only does this in a sour environment. In a neutral or sweet environment, it has no response. Miraculin differs from other sweeteners that will always activate the sweet receptor no matter what the environment. It has also been found that miraculin not only changes the taste of sour or acidic foods and drinks to sweet, but it also seems to block some of the function of the sour taste receptor itself.
Today, the miracle berry may hold great promise as a natural and viable alternative to refined sugar and harmful chemical sweeteners. This may someday have huge implications for the future of diabetics who crave that sweet fix and those who struggle to keep a healthy body weight. The miracle fruit is also being used to help alleviate metallic taste that is often experienced by people who are undergoing chemotherapy.
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