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http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2011/03/miracle-berry/

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Miracle berries, which look like cranberries, contain a magical glycoprotein, called miraculin, that binds to the sour and bitter receptors in the mouth. It prevents these flavors from being tasted and thereby tricks the mind into thinking food that’s being ingested is sweet. The effect lasts 45 minutes to an hour, but can dissipate more quickly by drinking a glass of warm water.

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They've had this for sale at ThinkGeek (and I'm sure among other places) for a while.

The only thing that concerns me is your natural reaction to food should qualify what is edible and 'healthy'.
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Now fast food won't even have to use 'food', it'll just be crap with berries.
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They've had this for sale at ThinkGeek (and I'm sure among other places) for a while.

The only thing that concerns me is your natural reaction to food should qualify what is edible and 'healthy'.
My friends and I actually tried those a few weeks ago; only with liquids though. Hot sauce is awesome with it.
    
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The future of candy!
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They've had this for sale at ThinkGeek (and I'm sure among other places) for a while.

The only thing that concerns me is your natural reaction to food should qualify what is edible and 'healthy'.
I was thinking the same thing. It seems to me that if you make something taste sweet but it's still not good for you then it's not doing anything good for you other then making it taste slightly better for time being.

Honestly I was thinking, eat this with wild grass? Wouldn't that increase the chance of you getting worms in your stomach?
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What if you don't like the taste of the berries tho
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Honestly I was thinking, eat this with wild grass? Wouldn't that increase the chance of you getting worms in your stomach?
Cook the grass first.


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What if you don't like the taste of the berries tho
It changes the taste of food.... mix it with something else and it will taste different... weird.
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Fantastic, this will mask the slops I pass off as cooking.
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I could have sworn the miracle berry was in pokemon...
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