Monk fruit has been growing in popularity over the last couple of years; but this sweetener is far from being new!
Centuries ago, monks discovered the gourds and used it 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, come from mogrosides, which provide sweetness without the calories. At around 200 times sweeter than sugar, this zero-calorie, zero-carbohydrate natural sweetener is a wonderful alternative to sugar.
This unique and rare fruit grows round in shape and is native to parts of China, Thailand, and Southeast Asia. Monk fruit is from the plant family Cucurbitac, and is a distant relative to the cucumber, melon, and squash. It is unusual to find the fruit in its raw form because it ferments and grows rancid quickly.
The Buddhist Monks utilized this fruit used it to treat coughs, colds, diabetes, and inflammatory issues. Recently, a 2011 study backed the monks 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
NuNaturals offers three monk fruit products:
- Monk Fruit Sweetener 2 oz liquid
- Monk Fruit Pure Sweetener Powder Organic Sweetener, our newest sweetener which is a blend of organic erythritol, organic stevia, and organic monk fruit extract
All are portable and convenient, but each product has a unique difference. For those looking for a pure form of Monk Fruit with no added ingredients, the powder is the perfect choice. Others prefer our liquid, for easy blending into drinks and recipes. The organic sweetener packets appeal to stevia fans, as well as monk fruit fans.
Recipes featuring our Organic Sweetener: