Thaumatin Sweetener Powder
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Thaumatin is a low-calorie sweetener and flavour modifier. The protein is often used primarily for its flavour-modifying properties and not exclusively as a sweetener.
Thaumatin is a protein which is isolated from the katemfe fruit, Thaumatococcus daniellii Benth, also called “the miraculous fruit of the Sudan.” Katemfe is common in the West African rain forest zone. The fruit contains 1-3 black seeds surrounded by a gel, and capped with a membranous sac, the aril, which contains the sweet material. This is used as a sweetener in cooking, in flavoring palm wine, and in making confections for children.
(1). Thaumatin can be used as raw material to add in wine, fruit juice, bread, cake, cookies, candy and other foods;
(2). Thaumatin can be used as food additives, not only improve the color, fragrance and taste, but improve the nutritional value of food;
(3). Thaumatin can be used as raw material to reprocess, the specific products contain medicinal ingredients, through the biochemical pathway.
Thaumatin is a low-calorie (virtually caloriefree) protein sweetener and flavour modifier. The substance is often used primarily for its flavour modifying properties and not exclusively as a sweetener.
The thaumatins were first found as a mixture of proteins isolated from the katemfe fruit (Thaumatococcus daniellii Bennett) of west Africa. Some of the proteins in the thaumatin family are natural sweeteners roughly 2000 times more potent than sugar. Although very sweet, thaumatin’s taste is markedly different from sugar’s.
The sweetness of thaumatin builds very slowly. Perception lasts a long time leaving a liquorice-like aftertaste at high usage levels.
Thaumatin is highly water-soluble, and stable to heating and stable under acidic conditions.