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Development of a Natural Sweetener/Acid Blocker from Miracle Fruit (Synsepalum dulcificum Daniell)


This study was carried out to develop a natural sweetener/acid blocker from miracle fruit (Synsepalum dulcificum Daniell). Water extraction was done by blending the fruit with and without seeds, separately; and freeze-drying the fruit without seeds. The evaluation method for effectiveness consisted of two forms of application: a) having the extract in the mouth for a few seconds and, b) mixing each extract with lemonade before consumption. A sensorial analysis was carried out to verify the effectiveness of each extract, as well as to determine the minimum concentration of each extract. The results demonstrated that the freeze-dried extract had the best blocking and sweetening effect. In order to obtain the effect, the product must be kept in the mouth for approximately 30 seconds prior to lemonade consumption. It was observed that 64% of the tasting panel perceived a change to sweet flavor with 6 milligrams of freeze-dried extract.

Key words: Sensorial analysis, acid-block, miracle fruit, freeze-dry, Synsepalum dulcificum Daniell.

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