Afrika Botanicals is a leading supplier of Thaumatin.
Thaumatin is an incredible sweetener and viable alternative to cane sugar.
⦁ Sourced from Ghana.
⦁ West and Central is seen to be the world premium supplier of Thaumatin.
Due to the nature of Thaumatin smaller quantities are supplied. We are able to offer samples but request that samples and freight are paid for by the inquirer. Thaumatin is a serious contender in the sweetening processes.
We welcome business owners and entrepreneurs from South Africa and around the world to contact us for further information on our alternative and viable Thaumatin sweetener.
Thaumatin is a low-calorie sweetener and flavour modifier found as a mixture of proteins isolated from the katemfe fruit (Thaumatoccus danielli) native to the tropical rainforest areas of West and Central Africa, primarily in Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Gabon, Central Africa Republic and Cameroon. The fruits are available for nine to 10 months thereby creating a very stable supply environment.
It is a proteinaceous food ingredient 2 000 to 3 000 times sweeter than sugar and is non-carcinogenic with no glycaemic index. Thaumatin is highly water-soluble, stable to heating, and stable at pH ranges between 2 and 8.
The body digests Thaumatin in the same way as any other protein, and it is stable in food and drink formulations. It is considered a powerful masking agent, improving palatability.
Common names for this species include miracle fruit or berry, katamfe or katempfe, Yoruba soft cane, and African serendipity berry.
Thaumatin comprises a mix of two proteins named Thaumatin T1 and Thaumatin T2, whose proteins are composed of 207 amino acids and have a molecular weight of 22 209 and 22 293.
The calorie intake of thaumatin is negligible (4.1 cal/g = 17 J/g). It modifies the sensory quality of products – masking unpleasant or bitter tastes. The powder is easily soluble in cold water and solvents such as glycerin, propylene, ethanol, and polyols like sorbitol.
It is used in antibiotics, analgesics, antacids, cough syrups, herbal products, pharma drugs, and medicated gums.
Ideal for water-based flavoured and non-alcoholic drinks, including dairy and soy-based beverages
⦁ Perfect at working with a primary sweetening system to enhance and round the flavour, including the sweetener profile
⦁ Masks after taste of some high-intensity sweeteners
⦁ Helps extend the shelf life of beverages by masking the breakdown of citrus
⦁ Low-fat dairy beverages seem creamier
⦁ A longer-lasting flavour is a must for every chewing gum manufacturer
⦁ Significant enhancement of spearmint, peppermint, citrus, and other fruit flavours
⦁ Improved sweetness profile with polyols and high-intensity sweeteners with an enhanced cooling effect
⦁ Thaumatin offers a healthier option
⦁ It needs to be used in parts per million (ppm) levels only
⦁ It imparts virtually zero calories
⦁ It can as well be used in combination with sugar, where 90% sugar can be replaced in the sweet by the proportionate amount of Thaumatin, thus bringing down the calories drastically