Facts and FAQs
WHAT DOES NORBU TASTE LIKE?
Norbu has a gentle fruity flavour that has been carefully crafted to ensure that every granule has a refreshingly sweet taste. Norbu tastes nothing like artificial sweeteners, because it’s natural, so there are no nasty chemicals and no bitter aftertaste. It also doesn’t have the after tastes that are present in some stevia sweeteners!
IS NORBU FRUCTOSE FREE?
Absolutely! Norbu contains ZERO fructose! The monk fruit contains about 25-38% of various carbohydrates, mainly fructose and glucose. However, Norbu is fructose free even though it is derived from monk fruit because only the sweet component called mogrosides are extracted from the fruit. Everything else including the fructose is left behind.
WHY SWITCH TO NORBU?
For anyone looking to lose weight, or just eliminate artificial foods and sugar from your diet, Norbu makes doing something about it easy. Simply replace sugar with Norbu and you will begin to feel the benefits. Every time you use Norbu you’re making a healthier, smarter choice with our low G.I., low carbs, tooth friendly blend of natural sweeteners that have 96% fewer calories than sugar. So what are you waiting for?
NORBU AND DIABETES
Norbu is low G.I., which makes it ideal for those living with diabetes. There is hope that due to its low glycaemic index Monk Fruit, and its compounds, may stimulate insulin secretion and have the potential to combat diabetes. Those with a sweet tooth can still enjoy the guilt-free sweet taste, while eliminating excess sugar from their daily diet. The best part is that it’s a 100% NATURAL low calorie sweetener.
NORBU AND KIDS
Norbu is a great way to give kids the sweet they love but without the sugar high! Norbu is completely safe for kids and they won’t know the difference when you swap sugar with Norbu! Have a look at some of our great recipes or www.sweeterlifeclub.com for more great ideas!
HOW IS MONK FRUIT EXTRACTED?
Monk fruit sweetener is created by removing the seeds and skin of the fruit, and fermenting the fruit to extract a specific part called “mogrosides” that contains no sugar but is up to 200 times sweeter than sugar. We have naturally extracted this and left all the calories behind giving you something that tastes just like sugar but with 96% less calories!
HOW DOES MONK FRUIT COMPARE WITH STEVIA?
Monk fruit and stevia are actually very very similar when used as a sweetener as both extract the key sweet part from the plant leaving the rest of the plant behind. Monk fruit comes from a fruit and Stevia comes from a leaf! The major difference is Taste. Some people just don’t like the taste of stevia due to the aftertastes. Monk fruit however does not have the aftertaste.
HOW DOES NORBU COMAPRE WITH XYLITOL?
Xylitol is also commonly used sugar substitute. It is an alcohol sugar, also known as a poly-alcohol. Although as sweet as sugar it has about half the calories.
The main disadvantage of xylitol as a sugar alternative is that it still has a significant amount of calories and it ranks seven on the glycemic index so has a higher impact on the blood sugar than Norbu does.
This is also in light of the fact that there is another sugar alcohol in the same family that has only 0.2 calories per gram AND is zero on the glycemic index. Erythritol is more commonly used in low calorie, sugar replacements for these reasons alone
HOW DOES NORBU COMPARE WITH AGAVE?
Agave is becoming far more common now as a sweetener in foods and is a syrup similar to Maple Syrup and is very high in sugars, calories and Fructose! Like other syrups, agave has around 74 per fructose and so can provide issues with peoples digestion and can cause bloating. One Tablespoon of agave syrup supplies around 265kJ – over 25X more than Norbu!
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HOW DOES NORBU COMPARE WITH RICE MALT SYRUP?
Another common “healthy” sweetener being used at the moment is Rice Malt Syrup. The low down however is that although rice malt syrup is low in Fructose, is very high in calories! It also has an extremely high Glycaemic Index (GI) of 98, according to the Sydney Uni Testing Lab. This is almost the same as in pure glucose! One tablespoon (10g) supplies 137 kJ, over 10X that of Norbu!
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WHO ELSE IS USING MONK FRUIT?
Monk fruit is now being used by a large number of big brands that are looking to reduce their sugar levels but keep the sweetness. It has been embraced by big brands such as Nestle, Chobani, Starbucks, Zevia and a host of others! The secret is now out!
CAN I BUY WHOLESALE TO USE IN MY BAKING?
Absolutely. Simply contact us and we will support you in using norbu in your baking either commercially or at home!
CAN NORBU REPLACE SUGAR IN THE DIET?
Absolutely. Just use 2/3rds Norbu instead of the amount of sugar you would of used. Norbu is great in tea, coffee, on fruit and cereal. It’s simple, say goodbye to artificial sweeteners and still enjoy the sweet taste of sugar – without having to give anything up. Norbu has 96% fewer calories than sugar and nothing artificial, so it’s a change you can feel good about.
CAN I BAKE AND COOK WITH NORBU?
Yes! Norbu can be used in place of sugar in all your favourite recipes. Any recipe that calls for Sugar – simply replace with Norbu. Check out the Norbu Recipe Page for inspiration and delicious recipe ideas.
WHERE HAS NORBU BEEN ALL MY LIFE?
Monk Fruit has been cultivated and hand-picked for centuries, however this cheeky little fruit and its healthy qualities has remained a relative secret until now. 21st century demands for a healthier alternative to artificial sweeteners and sugars has lead to the re-emergence of Monk Fruit as a better way to sweeten foods and beverages. We have worked hard to harness the power of this super fruit and bring you the sweetener you have been searching for. We know you’re going to love the way it tastes!