Monk Fruit Sweeter Information is one of the refined sugar-free sweeteners that I use. As a matter of fact, I will try to answer questions about it.
About my health:
Health issues caused by autoimmune illnesses lead to a drastic diet change. At any rate, I went to a functional doctors seminar and the information rang true to me. What could it hurt to change my diet and find out? More importantly, I began a long journey to try to regain my health. When I revamped my diet my blood work started improving. Because of improved health, improved blood work, being able to go off meds due to improved labs and blood work I have decided to stick to this diet.
Indeed I don’t eat any grains including corn, soy or oats, no refined sugar-free, limited dairy and only cook with certain oils. Some of which are butter, grapeseed oil, nut oils but no corn oil or peanut oil. I turned to the internet to find recipes with my specific restrictions and was dismayed to find little help. In fact, I knew if I was to maintain this dietary change that I was going to need beautiful, healthy, and tasty food.
At first, I was at a loss as to what to do. Then I began to research like crazy. I learned about ingredients I had never heard of before. The ingredients have been used for years. If not centuries in other countries. That was the first step. The second step was to do research. I began to experiment with these newly found ingredients. They were more costly than normal regular everyday ingredients. Several of my first recipes were complete and utter failures.
There were several times when I thought about giving up. However, since I couldn’t even have ketchup off the shelf I had to make my own. I had to create my own recipe. They say necessity is the mother of invention. And indeed it is true for me.
What is Monk Fruit Sweetener?
It is a refined sugar-free sweetener and grows on vines. Incredibly it was called Monk Fruit as it was the Buddhist monks who first began using the fruit. It is indeed indigenous to Thailand and China. It is used in Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine. (1) In fact, the first writings about the use of this sweetener was during the Tang Dynasty in the 13th century. (2)
According to legend linked to Buddha himself as the fruit itself resembles his belly and some of its cultural attributes. (5)
Where is it from?
It is extracted from the fruit after removing the skin and seeds. The juice collected is monk fruit. (4) It is from a subtropic melon type of fruit from China as well as other parts of Asia including Thailand. The fruit deteriorates quickly and therefore can be hard to find. However, the dried fruit is
Are there any Health Benefits?
Monk Fruit Sweeteners have antioxidant properties and have anti-inflammatory properties. (7)(8) As a matter of fact, Monk Fruit has zero carbohydrates, a zero on the GI (glycemic index), zero sugars, as well as increases good cholesterol. (11) Not to mention it has been widely used in Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine for lung congestion, sore throat, and constipation (9) (10) (12) For the FDA’s information on monk fruit (S. Grosvenorii) find it here.
Can Monk Fruit Replace white sugar and brown sugar?
Yes, indeed it can be. Most sugars sweetness comes from fructose, unlike monk fruit sweetener which gets its sweetness from mogroside and tends to be 100 times sweeter than table sugar (white sugar). Reduce the amount to be used. Sometimes doing a taste test with small amounts before adding additional sweetener.
Types of Monk Fruit?
It is sold in powder, granular, and liquid. I highly suggest purchasing 100% pure monk fruit or monk fruit in the raw. Some brands contain Erythritol (is a natural sugar alcohol) or Xylitol (is a natural sweetener) occurs naturally in birch trees and other plants). They are both refined sugar-free. Double check that the monk fruit you purchase is non-GMO and does not contain corn starch, maltodextrin or dextrose.
Where to buy it?
Are there any cons?
Monk Fruit Sweetener is more costly than table sugar. It can have additives. I recommended that you do your own research and form your own opinions on whether or not this is indeed an ingredient you want to add to your pantry.
Why I use monk fruit?
I personally prefer the taste of monk fruit to stevia which I feel has a bitter aftertaste. Monk fruit does taste a little different and is very sweet. But most people who try my recipes with monk fruit in them can’t tell the difference between them and table sugar. The texture is similar to table sugar. The flavor is sweeter and in my opinion, tastes a little like honeydew melon just way sweeter.
Is monk fruit Keto?
Yes, it is Keto friendly. As well as Paleo, Vegan, Gaps Diet, Vegetarian-friendly There is even a Kosher brand.
Please do your own research. Form your own opinions on whether or not this is indeed an ingredient you want to add to your pantry.
Incredibly I have been cooking and baking with monk fruit sweetener for a while now. Here are just a few of my recipes with monk fruit sweetener in them.