By David Ponce
This looks like the sort of thing you might use to win drunken contests or something. Happens to be my life’s ambition, so listen up.
A 31 year old Japanese man by the name of Mitsuharu Shimamura has invented a substance that changes anything sour to sweet. The tablets, made from extracts from “miracle fruit”, contain a sweet-inducing protein called miraculin.
The modification in taste occurs when the miraculin protein firmly binds to sweet receptor cells in a person’s tongue when sour substances are present. The protein then transmits a false message to the brain, resulting in a strong, sweet taste. When people eat or lick the fruit’s red berries, any sour thing they eat or drink a minute later tastes sweet for about two hours.
Snake oil? The real deal?
Well, I don’t know but it’s $35 for 190… maybe, perhaps, I’m not sure. See, the site is all Japanese. Can anyone confirm?