Uses: Thaumatin is used to sweeten wines, chewing gum, Japanese cooking, bread, vitamin tablets, baked goods, dairy products, fruit and pharmaceuticals.
Has a liquorice after taste.
Stomach cramping and diarrhoea are certainly not as serious as the conditions associated with some of the non-nutritive sweeteners, but the sugar alcohols can cause other more serious problems.
One of these conditions is metabolic acidosis, which can lead to acid reflux and an increased risk of cancer of the larynx. It has been known to cause respiratory problems.
Description: Thaumatin is an artificial sweetener and flour enhancer. A protein derived from the tropical plant Thaumococcus danielli or miracle fruit, originally from Ghana.
It is roughly 2000 times more potent than sugar. Thaumatin is highly water-soluble, stable to heating, and stable under acidic conditions.