Thaumatins are a group of sweet proteins found in the fruit of the Thaumatococcus daniellii plant. This botanical ingredient is concentrated in the fruit ‘aril’. The fruit aril, about 4% x fresh weight of the whole fruit, is a tiny mass concentrated at the base of the fruit. The percentage of Thaumatins in the ‘aril’ (weight/weight) is about 1.5%. Thaumatin sweeteners are approximately 2000 times sweeter than sugar.
In recent years, Thaumatin has been widely used in dairy and non-dairy products.
In confectionary products, Thaumatin is widely used for hard candied, chocolates and gummies to prolong and improve flavors especially mint, berry, and citrus.
Thaumatin provides a sugar kind of taste in combination with polyols and some high-intensity sweeteners and reduces the salt level in savory products.
Thaumatin masks astringency and reduces sour flavors or bitterness from low-fat yogurt and soya based desert.