Thaumatins (Thaumatococcus daniellii)

Product Description

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 is a tiny mass concentrated at the base of the fruit and it is about 4% per fresh weight of the fruit (weight/weight).

The percentage of Thaumatins in the ‘aril’ (weight/weight) is about 1.5%. As a sweetener, it is 2000 times sweeter than sugar, but its sweetness has a different taste, is not immediately perceived and has a very long persistence.

Bacteria in the mouth cannot break it down, so it doesn’t affect teeth. It is very stable at high temperatures (hence, is suitable for processed foods and for cooking) and acidity and has no calories. It is used in amounts of 50 mg/kg in confectionery containing cocoa or fruit without added sugar, and in amounts of 400 mg/kg in dietary supplements based on vitamins or minerals.

In addition, it is also used in small quantities as a flavor enhancer in water-based flavored drinks and various desserts. To adjust taste, it is combined with other sweeteners.

The sweetener is used in amounts of 50 mg/kg in confectionery containing cocoa or fruit without added sugar, and in amounts of 400 mg/kg in dietary supplements based on vitamins or minerals.