Native to China and Southeast Asia, monk fruit is a small, sweet gourd which was first cultivated by Buddhist Monks in the 13th Century. Also known as Luo Han Guo, monk fruit was traditionally used in herbal medicine.
What makes monk fruit so special is that its sweetness comes mainly from a unique, natural compound called mogroside, which has no impact on blood-sugar levels. What’s more is Monk fruit juice powder is about 200 times sweeter than regular sugar, so can be used in a variety of drinks, baking and cooking at very low doses.
Will monk fruit spike my blood sugar?
As monk fruit gets its sweetness from natural compounds called mogrosides (rather than sugar/glucose), your energy levels won’t be destabilised and it’s generally safe to consume by diabetics. Monk fruit juice powder won’t spike your blood sugar like regular sugar would, meaning you won’t get the super highs and crashing lows.
Will monk fruit make me gain weight?
No. Even though monk fruit tastes very sweet, it has close to zero calories! This makes it a smart alternative for those watching their weight or wanting to cut down on refined sugars (but can’t give up that delicious sweet taste).
How do I use monk fruit juice powder?
Unlike other sugar alternatives, monk fruit juice powder has a pleasant sweetness with no bitter aftertaste, and only a small amount is required to reach desired sweetness.
This 100% natural sweetener can be used where you would use regular sugar, such as in beverages, baking and desserts.
Want to learn more about other natural sweeteners? Read our blog on 6 Natural Sugar Substitutes.
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