Monk Fruit – Sweeten

 

Monk Fruit – Sweeten

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Also called “Luo Han Guo”, monk fruit is a perennial vine from the gourd family, and is becoming more and more declared as a perfect sugar replacement due to its high sweetness (300x more than table sugar) without raising blood sugar! The taste comes from a component called mogrosides which is what actually gives the fruit its antioxidant power, and yet it is not metabolized as sugar in the body. Research has shown that the fruits’ mogrosides reduce intracellular ROS (Reactive Oxygen Species) and helps regulated gene expression involved in glucose metabolism. Other studies have shown it to have anti-cancer and anti-diabetic effects. It has traditionally been used as a remedy for coughs, fevers, inflammation, fatigue, sore throats, and to break up phlegm or mucus. Its antibacterial properties have shown it to be useful against periodontal disease and tooth decay. In addition, its sweet, toffee-like taste adds a depth and robustness to this already delicious elixir.