Have you ever heard of monk fruit? This unique sweetener is a natural, zero-calorie sugar alternative that is gaining traction among the health-conscious and included in a few of our most popular teas!
Whether you’re trying to reduce your sugar intake, are diabetic, or on a Keto or FODMAP diet, monk fruit is the solution for you! Let’s break down why this sweetener should be on your radar.
What Is Monk Fruit?
Monk fruit, also known as luo han guo, is a small round green melon native to Southeast Asia, mostly China. It is part of the gourd family and has been used as an herbal medicine for centuries in its native land. It was originally used by monks in the 13th century, hence the name monk fruit. The sweetness from monk fruit comes from naturally occurring antioxidants called mogrosides which are up to 100-250 times sweeter than regular sugar!
When these mogrosides are extracted from the fruit and added to food and beverage products, they give them natural sweetness without adding any calories or carbohydrates.
Health Benefits of Monk Fruit
The most obvious benefit of monk fruit is that it’s calorie-free while still providing a sweet taste. However, there are other health benefits worth noting too! Studies have shown that monk fruit can help lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol levels, and reduce fatty liver disease risk factors – all without increasing blood glucose levels like regular sugar does. In addition, research has also suggested that consuming monk fruit may also boost immunity by helping regulate inflammation in the body.
Monk Fruit vs Other Sweeteners
When it comes down to it, Monk Fruit offers many more benefits than traditional sugars and artificial sweeteners like stevia or sucralose – both of which can cause digestive disruptions and other unpleasant side effects. Unlike these other types of sweeteners, Monk Fruit doesn’t affect the body’s blood sugar levels or cause adverse reactions like bloating or gas. It also contains no fructose so is safe for people on a FODMAP diet. With its unique flavour profile and long list of health benefits, it's easy to see why so many people are choosing monk fruit over other natural and artificial sweeteners.
If you're looking for a healthier way to satisfy your sweet tooth without sacrificing taste or flavor then look no further than monk fruit! Not only is this unique superfood incredibly delicious but it's also packed with vitamins and minerals plus antioxidants that provide numerous health benefits too!
Monk Fruit can be found in these Tea Tonic teas: