Frequently Asked Questions
Monk Fruit (natively known as luo han guo) is a sweet fruit. Pure Monk Fruit extract is about 150-300x sweeter than sugar. The fruit is used as a sugar replacement to sweeten many foods. Monk Fruit is a popular sugar substitute as the extract taken from the fruit is 100% natural, 0 calories, 0 net carbs and has many health benefits. More Monk Fruit facts can be found here.
Monk Fruit is a 100% pure and natural sugar alternative. The extract has 0 calories, 0 net carbs. Monk Fruit does not raise blood sugar levels. The antioxidants in Monk Fruit called Mogrosides have anti-inflammatory properties. Find out more here.
Originally discovered by the Buddhist Monk’s thousands of years ago in the mountains of the Guilin area, Southern China. The monks believed that the sweet tasting fruit would heal people also bringing long life, so it became known as the ‘longevity fruit.’ The fruit still today in cultivated in the mountainous range of Guilin.
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What’s the difference between Lo han guo (the blue packet) and Golden lo han guo (the orange packet)?
Both Lo Han Guo and Golden Lo Han Guo are pure 100% Monk Fruit extracts. This may leave you a little confused to what the difference is between the two. Well to explain… Monk Fruit is composed of compounds called MogrosideV. MogrosideV is what gives us that super sweet taste. To put it simply, a higher percentage of MogrosideV will mean the extract will be sweeter.
Lo Han Guo has a MogrosideV percentage of 40%, whereas Golden Lo Han Guo has a percentage of 25%. As Golden Lo Han Guo has a lower percentage of MogrosideV, this means it is a little less sweet in comparison to Lo Han Guo. Golden Lo Han Guo will be a golden colour whereas Lo Han Guo is an almond white. Some say the Golden Lo Han Guo preserves that fruity taste too.
Monk Fruit extract richer in MogrosideV is accomplished via additional purification steps. Each of the fruits contain around 0.5% MogrosideV. So to achieve 25% MogrosideV, around 50 monk Fruits will be purified. Nearby 80 Monk Fruits will be cleansed to achieve 40% MogrosideV.
Our Lo Han Guo, Golden Lo Han Guo & Lo Han Honey are certified as organic.
All of our products have not been genetically modified in anyway.