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How miracle berries turn sour foods sweet

The fruit of Synsepalum dulcificum, a plant native to West Africa, doesn’t taste sugary on its own, but any sour food you eat after that will become wonderfully sweet


August 31, 2022

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MOST people find sugar difficult to resist, and with good reason. Our large brains need a lot of energy and sugary foods provide enough energy. But when calories are too readily available, it’s easy to overdo it.

There’s no shortage of research on sugar substitutes that produce a sweet sensation without the calories, such as aspartame and sucralose, but these compounds also taste a bit bitter to many people. What’s more, evidence from animal and human studies has linked some to glucose intolerance and weight gain.

A promising alternative can be found in the fruit of Synsepalum dulcificum…