All About Monk Fruit!
Monk fruit has been growing in popularity recently, but this sweetener is far from new!
Centuries ago, monks discovered the gourds and used them for traditional Chinese medicine. Monk Fruit, also known as Luo Han Guo, isn’t like other fruits. The sweetness found in monk fruit extracts and sweeteners comes from mogrosides, which provide sweetness without the calories. At around 200 times sweeter than sugar, this zero-calorie, zero-carbohydrate natural sweetener is a terrific alternative to sugar.
This unique and rare fruit grows round in shape and is native to China, Thailand, and Southeast Asia. Monk fruit is from the plant family Cucurbitac and is a distant relative to the cucumber, melon, and squash.
The Buddhist monks utilized this fruit to treat coughs, colds, diabetes, and inflammatory issues. A 2011 study backed the monk’s claims and found monk fruit to be anti-inflammatory and helpful for sore throats.
Studies also show findings from positively affecting cholesterol levels to improving immunity. It may promote heart health while inhibiting inflammation, to combating obesity and diabetes. It may be a natural antihistamine and fight the effects of aging, all while sweetening our tea or baked goods (we call that a win-win!)
Monk fruit can be used to sweeten almost anything:
- Drinks (hot & cold)
- Baked Goods
Can’t decide which Monk Fruit is right for you? Our liquid is great for easy blending into drinks and recipes. The Organic Stevia & Monk Fruit Sweetener packets are perfect for those on the go, and the 8 oz. size is perfect for recipes at home.