Low-fat treats a miracle

Written by fruit   // 28/11/2005   // 0 Comments

A Japanese cafe has started serving up berries that make sour desserts sweet, offering dieters the chance to indulge in snacks without piling on the calories.

What a great way to use miracle fruit!

The desserts at the Miracle Fruits Cafe in Tokyo contain almost no sugar and are unbearable sour, but come with a berry from the Synespalum dulcificum plant – also known as miracle fruit – which make the sour desserts taste sweet, said Manco Ltd, who runs the cafe.

“You could eat a whole lemon and it would taste sweet,” Namco spokesman Yuko Tsukui said of the berries, which accompany desserts on the cafe’s menu – all of which have less than 100 calories. The berry’s juices affect the tongue for about 30 minutes to an hour and can be washed away with hot tea or water, Mr Tsukui said.

Found in Western Africa, miracle berries contain the protein miraculin, which stimulates the tongue’s taste buds. Though discovered centuries ago, miracle berries have not been widely marketed because they are eaily perishable.
The Cairns Post, November 23, 2005


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