Curculin is a natural sweetener with very unique properties. Like Miraculin it can alter taste perception and make sour foods taste sweet. But unlike Miraculin it has a sweet taste on it's own. It is about 500 times as sweet as sugar. It is a protein which is present in the fruit of Curculigo latifolia from Malaysia.
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It is believed to affect the taste buds in two different ways: One is to register as a molecule on the receptors that identify sweetness. The other is to attach to the sour receptor buds and alter the signal to sweet. Unlike Miraculin this effect lasts about 10 minutes rather than up to one hour.
It has not achieved significant use yet, though research has been done and significant potential exists. It is not heat stable and so may have limited use in food production etc.
Conclusions and Summary:
Very unusual natural substance. Not yet widely used, and it is scarce and expensive to produce. However it's unique properties are likely to find specific use in the future, perhaps in the healthcare industry. It is suitable for diabetics and it is harmless to teeth.
Taste: -------- Good
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