Miracle Fruit Tablets

So I bought this and tried it out today at lunch. Ate a lemon and lime and it really does change all sour flavors into sweet flavors. Really weird biting into a lime and having it taste like lime flavored sugar without any sourness. On the other hand, it made my powdered cranberry-apple drink taste like pure sugar water. Anyone that hasn't tried this yet should!

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They are enjoyable once or twice.

So let me get this straight: For $1.40 per tablet I can enjoy eating things that would normally have a taste that I strongly dislike?

Total waste of money for me.

Buying 3 cases for my wife though.

boogle wrote:

They are enjoyable once or twice.

Yeah, I can definitely see not doing it too often. I just really like cooking and eating, so eating foods that I taste all the time and having them taste completely different is just really neat.

We've done this at parties occasionally. We usually set up a platter full of all sorts of stuff: citrus fruits, different alcohols, coffee, vinegar, chocolate, milk. If you really experiment, its quite shockign that your senses can be so fooled, and a lot of fun.

It's not something you do all the time, but its fun with a crowd.

rabbit wrote:

We've done this at parties occasionally. We usually set up a platter full of all sorts of stuff: citrus fruits, different alcohols, coffee, vinegar, chocolate, milk. If you really experiment, its quite shockign that your senses can be so fooled, and a lot of fun.

It's not something you do all the time, but its fun with a crowd.

That sounds so dirty.

And we've done it with you.

So, it's hallucinogenics for your tongue, then.

I'm in.

This might be an interesting cure for supertasters.

I did not know this existed. The world is just a little weirder than I thought it was.

I have heard of miracle fruit before but didn't realize places were making little concentrated tablets of it. Order placed!

SixteenBlue wrote:

This might be an interesting cure for supertasters.

Somebody make something like this that fixes beer for us and we'll love you forever. Or... I guess it would fix it? I think I just misread how it works. It just works on bitter/sour flavors in general? That's crazy.

Sold.

Thin_J wrote:
SixteenBlue wrote:

This might be an interesting cure for supertasters.

Somebody make something like this that fixes beer for us and we'll love you forever. Or... I guess it would fix it? I think I just misread how it works. It just works on bitter/sour flavors in general? That's crazy.

Sold.

I haven't tried it, but it sounds like Miraculin only affects acidic foods. Apparently it temporarily binds to the sweet taste receptors and causes them to be activated by acids. Beer is generally mildly acidic so it might have some effect, but I don't think it will get rid of the bitterness.

muttonchop wrote:

I haven't tried it, but it sounds like Miraculin only affects acidic foods. Apparently it temporarily binds to the sweet taste receptors and causes them to be activated by acids. Beer is generally mildly acidic so it might have some effect, but I don't think it will get rid of the bitterness.

Ah, so it only has an effect on specific things that cause bitter/sour flavors then, hence why they link it so directly to fruit I guess.

Makes sense.

For the record: Bitter is generally fine. I like plenty of other bitter things. But there's a few specific foods and drinks that all have that wonderful chemical in them mentioned in that supertasters wiki and those are generally just straight up disgusting

Elycion wrote:

So let me get this straight: For $1.40 per tablet I can enjoy eating things that would normally have a taste that I strongly dislike?

Total waste of money for me.

Buying 3 cases for my wife though. ;)

I see what you did there

Elycion wrote:

So let me get this straight: For $1.40 per tablet I can enjoy eating things that would normally have a taste that I strongly dislike?

Total waste of money for me.

Buying 3 cases for my wife though. ;)

I find your ideas intriguing and would like to subscribe to your newsletter.

Thin_J wrote:
muttonchop wrote:

I haven't tried it, but it sounds like Miraculin only affects acidic foods. Apparently it temporarily binds to the sweet taste receptors and causes them to be activated by acids. Beer is generally mildly acidic so it might have some effect, but I don't think it will get rid of the bitterness.

Ah, so it only has an effect on specific things that cause bitter/sour flavors then, hence why they link it so directly to fruit I guess.

Makes sense.

For the record: Bitter is generally fine. I like plenty of other bitter things. But there's a few specific foods and drinks that all have that wonderful chemical in them mentioned in that supertasters wiki and those are generally just straight up disgusting :|

Yup. That is all dead on. Beer is #1 or #2 on the "Things everyone loves but make me want to die" list. I don't drink anymore but I'm still extremely curious about this with certian foods. I'm going to purchase them and report back.

I wasn't expecting the tablet to actually work as well as it did. I assumed it would mask some of the sour/bitter flavor, but surprisingly it converted 100% of the sourness of the limes and lemons to sweetness. It wasn't until my lips started stinging after a few limes (limes tasted better than the lemons in my opinion) that I could even detect there was any sourness there. Make sure you use a tongue scraper to clean your tongue prior to rubbing your tablet on your tongue to ensure you aren't just rubbing the tablet on bacteria instead of your taste buds. The taste conversion lasted ~45 minutes to an hour for me with one tablet.

I've read about these and they're really fascinating. They could even replace things like sugar.

That said, I am really worried that if these become the new "fad food," we'll drive them to the brink of extinction. See: hoodia and acai.

My wife can't stand most "adult" foods and flavors, and thus generally won't join me in my loves of coffee and fine booze. Where's the pill for that?

wordsmythe wrote:

My wife can't stand most "adult" foods and flavors, and thus generally won't join me in my loves of coffee and fine booze. Where's the pill for that?

If you find it, let me know.

I have expanded into the world of coffee though. Took me a hell of a long time.

wordsmythe wrote:

My wife can't stand most "adult" foods and flavors, and thus generally won't join me in my loves of coffee and fine booze. Where's the pill for that?

Have her stop eating anything with corn syrup in it so her taste buds can adjust to what real food tastes like instead of over-sweetened processed stuff?

LeapingGnome wrote:
wordsmythe wrote:

My wife can't stand most "adult" foods and flavors, and thus generally won't join me in my loves of coffee and fine booze. Where's the pill for that?

Have her stop eating anything with corn syrup in it so her taste buds can adjust to what real food tastes like instead of over-sweetened processed stuff?

It's often more complicated than that. Read the supertaster wiki page I linked earlier.

They were originally marketed as diet pills in asia. Mostly, they're marketed as novelty right now.

Love the miracle berry! You can even drink bitter medicines and they become palatable. I often eat dark chocolate 99% lindt to be precise and it tastes like brownies. Miracle berry does have serious health aspects for diabetics, Cancer patients and dieting etc but also creates new loves for food since its a whole new tastebud experience with food and drinks.

Anyone tried squeezing lemons into soda water to create traditional lemonade? Tastes great!

But does it work on Spam?

Man, just suck on the lemons directly. Not great for your stomach though.

Also turns scotch into an after dinner sweet drink.

These didn't solve most of my supertaster issues. I did directly suck on a lemon and that was kind of awesome.

Bah, I thought this thread was going to be about iPads.