Tastebud Pills trip senses

December 9, 2017 — by Esha Lakhotia and Muthu Palaniappan

After hearing about some mysterious pills that could potentially turn sour things sweet, we researched this phenomenon and discovered miracle taste bud pills.

Miracle pills contain a glycoprotein called miraculin, which essentially clings on to the tongue's taste buds when certain foods are consumed. Miraculin acts as an inducer for sweetness when it comes into contact with acidic foods, making the sour taste sweet.

Depending on the person, the pills last from 15 minutes to two hours.

After reading countless reviews and watching YouTube videos of people trying foods after having the pill, we decided to test whether the pill actually works.

We ordered the pills from Amazon and tried them during lunch, so we could try a range of foods together. We bought oranges, lemons, pickles and Sriracha sauce.

To activate the pill itself, the directions said to dissolve it in your mouth and then to try all of the foods. We waited for it to dissolve, but it took around 15 minutes for the whole pill to disintegrate. The pill tasted like cardboard, but once we got over the taste, we tried the oranges and the lemons.

Biting into a lemon, we expected it to be super sour, but to our amazement, it actually tasted super sweet and like store-bought lemonade. We ate around five lemons that day.

After eating lemons, we tried the orange and almost threw up due to its excessive sweetness. It tasted like biting into a super artificial over-sweetened orange hard candy. The pickles tasted sweet as well and the sriracha sauce tasted like sugar water, but burned the back of our throats.

Even though the pill could be helpful to people who want to limit their sugar intake and live a healthier lifestyle, it would probably not be healthy to take these pills regularly.