If you’re trying to cut out sugar but still need to satisfy your sweet tooth, Monk fruit is a calorie free and healthy choice.
Known as Lo Han Guo or Swingle fruit, Monk fruit is a small fruit native to southern China. Traditionally, Monk fruit has been used for thousands of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for treating a sore throat and cough. Today however, Monk fruit is taking over as a popular natural alternative to sugar.
The extract of Monk fruit is commonly used as a natural sweetener in foods and is around 150-200 times sweeter than sugar. Its sweetness comes from naturally occurring chemicals within the fruit called mogrosides, which are known to have strong antioxidant properties that may also act as an anti-inflammatory in the body.
Monk fruit contains no calories, no carbohydrates, and does not raise blood sugar levels, making it an ideal sugar substitute for diabetics and those watching their waistlines. Unlike other sweeteners such as erythritol and xylitol, Monk fruit isn’t known to cause any negative side effects such as bloating, gas and digestive upset that so commonly comes with sugar alcohols.