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標題: A Tiny Fruit That Tricks the Tongue

Monday, May 18, 2009


Mysterious fruit, also known as the "miracle fruit", belongs to Sapotaceae family. Its academic name is Synsepalm dulcificum (Schum.&.Thonn.) Daniell. In Europe and America, it is also called the 'Miraculous Berry' or the 'Miracle Fruit'. Mysterious fruit was originally produced in Western Africa and was introduced in Taiwan ten years ago. In recent years, Taiwan has ameliorated the original Mysterious fruit and marketed it successfully. The Western African aboriginal people eat Mysterious fruit while eating distasteful food, and also use Mysterious fruit to turn palm alcohol's sour flavour into sweet flavour. After having Mysterious fruit before drinking alcohol, Mysterious fruit can turn the taste sweet. The reason is that Mysterious fruit contains a special sugar protein ( Miraculin ) that can make fruit with high levels of sour flavor have a sweet flavor.


1. Replacing sugar; preventing over-consumption of sugar
The 'Mysterious fruit' tablet, which is the concentration extracted from a large amount of fresh fruit, can be carried more convenient and can be preserved for long periods of time (its effect is the same as fresh fruits). This tablet of Miraculin can replace artificial sugar, a possible carcinogen. Miraculin tablets, like the fruit itself, can turn other fruits that are sour in taste into fruits with a sweet and smooth flavor. Thus, the introduction of this 'miracle fruit' is a good news for people who need to control their sugar intake. The Mysterious fruit is surely a healthy alternative of sugar and artificial sugars.

2. Enhancing the quality of alcohol and reducing its ill effects the day after
Reports have stated that one of a legislators in Kaohsiung, who first tasted Mysterious fruit, and then asked police and journalists to serve as witnesses after consuming alcohol the figure of measured blood alcohol level was 1 but after taking Mysterious fruit the figure of measured blood alcohol level was only 0.2(0.25 is the standard figure). If Mysterious fruit is consumed before alcohol, Mysterious fruit can turn the taste of sourness and bitterness into sweet and smooth taste, and reduc the effect of consumed alcohol. It also reduces the feeling of a hangover, allowing the person who consumed the alcohol to be energetic in the next day.

3. Fruit treatment consumption of tartaric acid can improve health
Mysterious fruit can accompany food such as non-sweetened cake, ice cream, yogurt, plum, kiwi, grapefruit, and any food with high levels of sourness. In this way, the benefits of the acids and other nutrients from those sour flavor foods can keep the healthiness of the body while reducing sugar intake.Now there are even some restaurants that serve a dish of the 'miracle fruit' in order to enable the customers to enjoy a variety of fruit which contain high level of sourness. In this way, customers' appetites can be satisfied while also helping them to be healthy and fit.

4. Accompanying the use of either Chinese or Western medicine
For the people who dislike taking any Chinese or Western medicine due to their bitterness, Miraculin is the right choice for them. This is because if Miraculin is taken before the medicine, the taste of the medicine can be improved.


The eminent researchers

(Above) The known Japanese researcher-Mitsuharu Shimamura, on the right-hand side, and Taiwanese known researcher-Mei-ling Lin, on the left-hand side.

(Above) The known Japanese researcher-Mitsuharu Shimamura (far left), College of Medicine National Cheng Kung University's professor (in the middle), and Taiwanese known researcher-Mei-ling Lin (on the right).