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Luo Han Guo

what’s luo han guo?

luo han guo, also known as monk fruit, is a fruit grown within the mountains of Guangxi, Southern China. The extract taken from this fruit is 250-300 times sweeter than sugar and contains 0 calories. The extract is a fine powder which  is used as a substitute for sugar.

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luo han guo extract…

The luo han guo fruit is dried and then ground into a powder. The sweetness of the luo han guo is determined by compounds called mogrosideV. A higher percentage of mogroisideV means the sweeter the luo han guo will be. These natural compounds also posses certain health benefits.

health benefits…

Research has shown that luo han guo has a positive effect on regulating blood glucose levels (Ying et al, 2009). luo han guo is therefore a great alternative to sugar for diabetic populations or for anyone wanting to curb their sugar habit

Studies have also shown that luo han guo has anti-inflammatory properties, which could decrease the risk of cancers, digestive problems (e.g. IBS) and help relieve coughs and sore throats (Di et al, 2011).

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uses…

luo han guo can be used as a substitute to sugar for anything such as coffee/tea, smoothies or other beverages, home baking, cooking, added to foods. Check out our recipes page!

sources…

Ying. Z., Yan. Z., Jeff. E., Chi-Fu. H., (2009) Insulin secretion stimulating effects of mogroside V and fruit extract of Luo Han Kuo (Siraitia grosvenori Swingle) fruit extract., Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica., 44 (11): 1252-1257

Di. R., Huang. M-T., Ho. C-T., (2011) Anti-inflammatory Activities of Mogrosides from Momordica grosvenori in Murine Macrophages and a Murine Ear Edema Model., J. Agric. Food Chem., 59 (13): 7474–7481

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