Buddha Fruit’s lo han guo is an all-natural, zero calorie, sugar alternative. Lo han guo is also known as monk fruit as has been used for centuries by Buddhist Monks. The fruit is cultivated within the mountains of Guangxi, Southern China, in which it is then processed into a fine powder to use as a natural sugar alternative.
As lo han guo is about 200-300 times sweeter than sugar you will require a lot less. It is advised that 1 scoop (incl. in packet) is equal to 1 tsp of sugar. Check out our recipes page.
Whats the difference between lo han guo (the blue packet) and golden lo han guo (the orange packet)?
lo han guo is slightly sweeter compared to golden luo han guo as it contains a higher percentage of compounds called MogrosideV.
MogrosideV determines the sweetness of luo han guo, a bit like glucose molecules in sugar. The lo han guo is ground more than luo han guo which makes it more potent in sweetness and it appears as white in colour.
Golden lo han guo contains a lower percentage of MogrosideV, hence it is less sweet compared to lo han guo. It also has a slight fruity taste and is golden in colour.
The packaging has improved, (they now include a scoop) I’d love to see them move to a small shaker. I always empty the product into my own shaker and put the scoop inside that in case I need to use it while I’m out.
Budda Fruit is a bit pricy but not when you consider the availability of 40% mograside. Typically you always find 25% or its mixed with other ingredients. If you want the full health benefits, (helps pancreas produce insulin, reduction of pancreatic cancer cells, etc to many to list) your best value is the 40% and this really is the best price for 40% mograside.
Personally I love super sweet food and will use 20x the recommended amount (especially for matcha beverages) heh…
Whereas one spoon for my Dad can hit his sweet spectrum between perfect to super sweet. This is the only brand I have found so far that contains one ingredient as I try to avoid dextrose and erythritol which can trigger gut inflammation (need to do more research though). I think this is the best sweetener alternative as of right now and is perfect for making simple, sweet recipes. For example, I used to buy vanilla vegan protein but some reason would feel incredibly sleepy after consumption and decided to buy separate organic ingredients and make my own vegan protein (pea protein/hemp protein, cacao powder) and this is a great additive to the shake and now I don’t need bananas and don’t have to worry about extra sugar and carb content which is a plus.