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Tablet Changes Sour Taste To Sweet

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?

[Miracle Fruit] VIA [J-Walkblog]