You’ve probably heard it mentioned in passing, or maybe you’ve seen it on the shelf: monk fruit feels like the new kid in town, and everybody is obsessed. So what is monk fruit? Monk fruit is a small, melon-like fruit native to Southern China and Thailand, and is also know by the name Luo Han Guo. Okay, that’s great. But what’s all the fuss about this monk fruit? Well, that’s what we’re here to tell you.
1. It’s sugar free, but tastes just like the real thing!
It’s said that the fruit extract or juice made from monk fruit is somewhere between 150 to 200 times sweeter than sugar, and sweeteners made from monk fruit taste just like the real thing. A lot of artificial sweeteners have a bit of a funny aftertaste, but because monk fruit sweeteners like Norbu are 100% natural, there’s no strange aftertaste at all, meaning that you’ll want to enjoy it again, and again, and again.
2. It has been used in traditional medicine for centuries
Native to South East Asia, the monk fruit has actually been used for centuries in traditional medicine. Traditionally described as “cooling”, it was used for colds, or as an aid for digestion. But it’s now looking like monk fruit can do a lot more than that. The extract from monk fruit has been proven to help reduce histamine in the body, eliminating common allergies and their symptoms. It’s also great for your heart as it helps prevent cholesterol from building up within arteries, and as it’s an alternative to sugar, can have a significant impact when people make the switch from using regular sugar to a monk fruit sweetener.
3. It has a low GI
Eating foods that score low on the glycaemic index is a great way of keeping your blood sugar levels in check, and monk fruit is one of them! The Glycaemic Index (GI) is a measurement of the rate at which our bodies break down sugars or carbs, and how much it raises levels of glucose in our blood. Foods with a low GI release their energy more slowly, which means you won’t get a sugar high from eating them. So the fact that monk fruit is SO sweet but has a low GI is a wonderful thing! Most other super sweet foods score much higher on the GI, so monk fruit sweeteners are the perfect swap for anybody who is trying to cut down on sugar.
4. It’s great for baking
Because monk fruit sweetener is so similar to sugar, it’s a great replacement for it in baking, and is really simple to use too – it’s just a like for like swap. So however much sugar you’d normally put it, that’s how much monk fruit sweetener to put in! Which means anybody who is trying to cut down on the white stuff can still enjoy baking, and eating all of their favourite treats without any of the bad stuff!
5. It’s extremely low calorie
When you try monk fruit sweetener, it will be difficult to believe, but it contains next to no calories. So when you use monk fruit sweetener instead of sugar, you make room for more nutritious calories in your other meals and you don’t have to feel guilty about sweetening your morning coffee either!
6. There are no negative side-effects
Unlike other sweeteners, there are no reported side effects from using a monk fruit sweetener. Artificial sweeteners on the market have reported side effects including, bloating, gas, nausea, and even weight gain. As monk fruit is 100% natural, you can almost guarantee that you won’t experience any negative side effects.* Monk fruit sweeteners have also been marked safe for use by children, pregnant and breast-feeding women, where a lot of other sweeteners haven’t. It’s also heat stable, so you can use it in baking and cooking without any worries at all.
So those are just six reasons why everybody is going nuts about monk fruit, and now you know what all the fuss is about. It almost seems too good to be true – we thought so as well at first – but it is true! And it is amazing! To learn more about monk fruit sweeteners and about the monk fruit too, you can click here. And to see some other FAQs and facts about them, click here. And of course, when you’re ready to take the plunge and make the good change, go here to find out where you can get hold of your own monk fruit sweetener.
*Of course, as with most food products, there is a very, very small number of people who will experience an allergic reaction to monk fruit. Similar in the way to people are sometimes allergic to bananas or kiwis.