Monk fruit is a natural sweetener that has become increasingly popular in recent years. It is often touted as a healthy alternative to sugar, but there are some myths about monk fruit that need to be debunked.
Myth #1: Monk fruit is fake sugar.
This is one of the most common myths about monk fruit. Monk fruit is a natural sweetener that is extracted from the luo han guo fruit, which is native to Southeast Asia (read more about Monk Fruit here). It is not a synthetic sweetener like sucralose or aspartame.
Myth #2: Monk fruit is harmful to your health.
There is no scientific evidence to support this claim. Monk fruit has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine, and it is considered to be safe for most people. Like with all foods out there, some people may be allergic to the fruit, but this is true for a lot of foods.
Myth #3: Monk fruit will cause weight gain.
This is also not true. Monk fruit has zero calories and does not raise blood sugar levels. In fact, some studies have shown that monk fruit may actually help you lose weight (Wang et al, 2017).
Myth #4: Monk fruit tastes like artificial sweeteners.
This is not the case. Monk fruit has a very mild, sweet taste that is similar to sugar. It does not have the bitter aftertaste that is often associated with artificial sweeteners.
So, what are the facts about monk fruit?
Monk fruit is a natural sweetener that is safe for most people to consume. It has zero calories and does not raise blood sugar levels (ead more on this in our previous blog post here). Monk fruit may even help you lose weight. If you are looking for a healthy alternative to sugar, monk fruit is a good option.
Here are some tips for using monk fruit safely:
- Start with a small amount and gradually increase the amount you use as you tolerate it.
- If you have a history of allergies, talk to your doctor before using monk fruit.
- Talk to your doctor or a registered dietitian if you have any questions or concerns about using monk fruit.
I hope this article has helped to debunk some of the myths about monk fruit. If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask us here at Buddha fruit.
Wang. J. Zhang. Y., Wang. Y., et al, (2017) Effect of a Monk Fruit-Sweetened Beverage on Subsequent Calorie Intake in Adults with Obesity., Appetite Journal, 112:62-68