29 May The Magic of Monkfruit
With plenty of sugar alternatives to choose from, it was easy for us to choose one that not only provided enough sweetness to substitute for cane sugar but also one with the most benefits for your health. Monk Fruit or Lo han Guo is a small yellow-green shell that ranges between 1-3 inches. It is a perennial vine from the gourd family growing mainly in Southeast Asia and has been used by buddhist monks since the 13th century to increase chi.
Common nicknames for the beneficial fruit are “The Immortals’ fruit” or “Longevity fruit”. We love that it’s called the longevity fruit. Today it is mostly cultivated in Longjiang Township (named after the fruit) because of its warmer climate and it is the chosen site for factories manufacturing monk fruit extracts.
Is Monk Fruit Safe?
We wouldn’t use it if it wasn’t! Monk fruit has been FDA approved and is considered safe for the general population, children, pregnant women and even people with diabetes. Studies have shown that monk fruit extract does not elevate blood sugar or insulin which makes it great for blood sugar and weight management. It’s sweetener in it’s most basic form and comes from a fruit with minimal processing.
Why We Love Monk Fruit
We Chose to use Monk Fruit for a variety of different reasons, from health benefits to its sweet flavor. Active sweetening agents in monk fruit are scientifically known as mogrosides. It is commercially processed in a few different ways with the most popular method using the freshly harvested juice or fresh pulp along with hot water infusion. The sweet liquid is then filtered, dried and condensed into a super sweet powdered extract. While the processing is taking place, the mogrosides are separated from the juice. Which means there is no fructose or glucose.
Monk Fruit also has a bunch of benefits. Listed below are some of the most important ones.
Remedy for coughs, sore throats and breaking up phlegm and mucus
Shows potential benefits for dental issues and things like periodontal disease and tooth decay
Significant natural sugar substitute for diabetics
0 calories or carbs
There are plenty of other forms of monk fruit sweeteners that use fillers. Xylitol, stevia or even silicon dioxide are some of them. Xylitol has been known to cause digestive problems and stevia in its rawest form is still not FDA approved. Which is why on our journey to create a healthy, sustainable product we decided to go with a sweetener that fits best with our vision.