Monk Fruit: Sweet Benefits without the Guilt
October 24th, 2016
Although monk fruit is quite popular right now, it is not just a trend. In fact, the fruit has been renowned for many centuries for its nutritional properties and many health benefits. It is even included as an ingredient to most of our Kapai Puku products.
What is monk fruit?
Monk fruit or Buddha fruit (luo han guo) is a native to northern Thailand and southern China. It is a green or light brown, apple sized fruit that acquired its name from the monks who cultivated them. Monk fruit has a very sweet flavor which is about 300 times sweeter than cane sugar and is said to have zero calories.
The fruit is also known for its difficult and odd growing conditions such as the steep mountains of Guilin. T. As well, monk fruit was utilized in in traditional Chinese medicine for years for a wide variety of conditions. It was often used as a sweetener in cold drinks and used was a remedy for hot weather, fever or issues associated with warmth or heat. It was also a catch all medicine for conditions such a constipation and sore throats. Today, monk fruit is used for its many health benefits that include the treatment of diabetes, reducing inflammation, weight loss, protect the heart, prevent signs of aging, alleviate allergies and prevent certain types of cancer.
As of late, monk fruit has gained popularity as the new superfood that is often used as a sweetener for many foods. Its zero calories along with the many claimed health benefits make it the ideal natural sweetener for numerous products. Moreover, the four step process for extraction is very basic and preserves most of its medicinal values:
• Crushed to release its juices
• Juices are infused in pure water
• Mixture is concentrated
• Mixture is dried and then ready to use
Great Flavor and no Aftertaste
Aside from monk fruit being quite sweet, it leaves no aftertaste like many other natural sweeteners do e.g. xylitol and stevia. In truth, many avoid sweeteners because they initially taste great but shortly leave a lingering aftertaste on the tongue. However, monk fruit has no aftertaste and bitterness.
How to use Monk Fruit
Like many other sweeteners, monk fruit can be used to replace sugar. In fact, a very small amount delivers a lot of sweetness. It is the perfect sweetener for those who are trying to reduce calorie intake and satisfy their sweet tooth. As well, there is minimal processing making it one of the most natural sweeteners on the market.
Moreover, research states that monk fruit is safe for expecting or nursing mothers as well as diabetics. However, you should always consult a professional before consuming, especially if you are pregnant, nursing or have blood sugar issues.
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