When it comes to rani, a fruit drink popular in India, it’s the most widely consumed drink in the world, according to researchers at the University of Adelaide.
But how exactly does rani taste?
And why does it make you want to throw it out?
Rani juice has a distinctive taste, according a new study.
It’s made up of the pulp of a banana and sweetened with sweetened coconut.
It tastes sweet but not too sweet and has a slightly sour tang, with a strong aftertaste of sugar and fruit.
“The rani is a fruit that is usually eaten in the tropical season,” says lead author of the study, Dr Ravi Patel, from Melbourne University’s School of Psychology.
“It’s been known for some time that people associate rani with citrus and they are often served with sugar.
But it turns out there’s more to it than that.”
Dr Patel’s research found rani had a unique taste that could be linked to its origins.
It is the fruit of a tropical plant known as the ragi, which is native to the Indian subcontinent.
The fruit was once grown by the ancient Greeks in the 5th Century BC.
The banana pulp is extracted by ragi plants that produce sap, which helps the fruit ripen and turn into juice.
But unlike other fruits, rani has a sweet taste, Dr Patel says.
“When we taste the rani we are tasting a combination of sweetness and tartness, which are all components of the rami,” he says.
This combination is called “rani sweetness”.
Rani fruit juices are often marketed as a way of cutting back on sugar, as it is believed that rani will lower blood sugar levels.
But Dr Patel and his colleagues say this is not the case.
“If we want to reduce sugar intake we need to increase fruit and vegetable consumption,” he explains.
“Rani is not a good choice as a source of carbohydrate.”
The rani pulp has been used for thousands of years, but it was only in the past 10 years that it has started to be used more widely.
“We are really interested in what the rini sweetener actually does,” Dr Patel explains.
The researchers have used a number of methods to figure out how rani sweetener works, and found it is likely the sugar in the pulp plays a part in the sweet taste.
Dr Patel suggests people might find rani’s distinctive taste different from other fruits in the tropics because it is not so sweet when it is consumed in the summer.
“This is because there are other tropical fruits that taste the same,” he said.
“They’re all sweet, and some of them taste quite similar.
It might be that rini has more of a flavour profile.”
A different sweet taste is a good sign for a healthful diet Dr Patel recommends people try to reduce their sugar intake.
“You need to look at the diet more carefully,” he warns.
“In the summertime, you need to take in a lot of fruits and vegetables to make sure you’re getting enough nutrients, and that’s one of the best ways to ensure that you’re not eating the wrong amount of sugar,” he suggests.
He suggests a fruit and veggie soup is also good for a low sugar diet.
“I think people who are interested in a low-calorie diet should be encouraged to take part in this kind of study,” he recommends.
“Because when you look at fruit and vegetables in the context of a healthy diet, there is plenty of fruit and some vegetables to go around.”
A low sugar intake may also reduce the risk of heart disease.
Dr Rania Patel says people who have high blood sugar should be aware of how rami tastes, and try to consume less fruit.
If you’re interested in the findings of this new study, go to: http://www.sportscontact.org.au/news/articles/2012/06/30/diet-dietetics-and-fruit-juice-taste-the-tastes-different/