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Monellin

Monellin

Monellin is a natural sweetener which is isolated from the tropical serendipity berry, Dioscoreophyllum cumminsii. Monellin is found in the fruit of the plant and is a protein with a molecular weight of about 11,500 daltons. Its relative sweetness is about 2000 that of sugar.

However, its stability is poor and in carbonated soft drinks the sweetness is lost after only a few hours. Another disadvantage of monellin is that the sweet taste is manifested a few seconds after consumption, and remains, to acertain degree, for about an hour.

 
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