Is Monk Fruit Good for You?

Is Monk Fruit Good for You?

Sugar or no sugar… that is the question. The sweet taste of sugar without the calories is a popular quest within the food and nutrition industry. Artificial sweeteners became popular in the 90’s and 2000’s until the rise of their side effects and health detriments. Now, the industry is on fire as they look for an alternative sugar.

What Is Monk Fruit?

Most of us probably couldn’t pick out a monk fruit in the produce aisle, and truth be told, it’s not likely to catch your attention amidst luscious lemons, colorful apples, and vibrant oranges. But the monk fruit is getting a great deal of attention these days from health-conscious foodies, sugar-free devotees, and those in the diabetes community. Also known as luo han guo or siraitia grosvenorii, monk fruit is a gourd native to southern China and northern Thailand. Small and green, it looks a bit like a tiny melon. It's very sweet, and while the fruit can be used to make jam or jelly, it's mainly used as a sweetener. The fresh fruit is rarely available outside of the regions where it is grown. Dried monk fruit can be found in the U.S. at some Asian supermarkets.

Like stevia, monk fruit is a natural sweetener, although unlike stevia, which comes from a leaf extract, monk fruit sweetener is made from the extract of the fruit itself. Monk fruit sweetener is roughly 200 times sweeter than sugar and has zero calories or carbs, it offers a sugary punch without some of the potential health issues associated with sugar and is often now used in place of sugar. It does, however, have an after-taste that people tend to either like or hate.

What Are Mogrosides?

The sugary side effect of monk fruit is from mogrosides, which is a molecule that is noncaloric non-sugar sweetener of the family of glycosides. Mogrosides have glucose attachments that give them their name, hence, mogroside V, which is the major component of the commercial sweeteners derived from monk fruit has 5 attached glucose molecules. Once introduce to the intestinal tract the glucose molecules are metabolized by the gut bacteria and the remaining product that is absorbed is very different than the original mogroside and is zero in calories. However, the taste buds of the tongue feel the 5 attached glucose molecules very strongly and thus the 200 to 300 times sweeter feeling that most individuals get when tasting monk fruit or its mogroside extract.

Health Benefits Associated with Monk Fruit!

The monk fruit helps lower the risk of obesity because it has zero calories and  carbs once digested which prevent weight gain. For anyone watching their waistline, the monk fruit can be a great substitute for the typical table sugar and ingredients such as chocolate.

Artificial sugars are highly associated with different cancers as sugars cause inflammation in the body that eventually become cancerous. Replacing artificial sugars with monk fruit adds the benefit of not worrying about the detrimental side effects of artificial sweeteners. There are many other touted benefits of monk fruit that may become proven with time.

Summary

Both monk fruit and stevia provide a healthy natural alternative to sugar. They are the most popular keto-friendly sweeteners because they don’t affect insulin and blood sugar levels. There are several factors to consider when choosing a sweetener.  As with any supplement, you should always consult with your doctor before taking any supplement.

To choose between monk fruit and stevia, consider what you hope to use the sweetener for. One may work better as an addition to your coffee, while the other may be best for your health. Ultimately, choosing between stevia and monk fruit is a matter of taste and choice.

We at Frunutta use pure Stevia Leaf Extract (Rebaudioside A) in some of our products.

We at Frunutta strongly support transparency in nutraceutical and the food industry. We feel that any product should be transparent about the true additives and preservatives that they are promoting. We at Frunutta, avoid artificial sweeteners such as mannitol or erythritol in our products. Because when you think you are buying one thing and end up actually consuming another thing, it could be quite frustrating.  The industry is filled with such examples and only a smart consumer who reads the label and asks the question why is there such an additive or preservative in my product? Can truly remain healthy.

This information is only for educational purposes and is not medical advice or intended as a recommendation of any specific products. Consult your health care provider for more information. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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