what’s monk fruit extract?
Monk Fruit, also known as lou han guo, 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.
Monk Fruit is dried and then ground into a powder. The sweetness of Monk Fruit is determined by compounds called mogrosideV. A higher percentage of mogroisideV means the sweeter the Monk Fruit extract will be. These natural compounds also posses certain health benefits.
Research has shown that Monk Fruit (luo han guo) has a positive effect on regulating blood glucose levels (Ying et al, 2009). Monk Fruit is therefore a great alternative to sugar for diabetic populations or for anyone wanting to curb their sugar habit
Studies have also shown that Monk Fruit 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).
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