With the use of a simple fungi, a Colorado-based startup has found a way to substitute sugar by creating a bitterness-blocker

Many food companies use sugar as a way of improving flavor or increasing the appeal of their product. However, there’s a new all-natural way to make food taste sweet without actually adding sugar or a sugar substitute. Myco Technology has been developing a way to get it out to the world.

The Colorado-based startup has found a way to use fungi molecules to block bitter tastes on a person’s tongue as they eat, meaning they’ll only taste the other flavor profiles of the food. The fungi in question is mycelium, the vegetative part of the fungus root found in the soil. It is totally flavorless so it doesn’t leave behind an aftertaste like saccharin and aspartame.

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