Keto diet tips and ideas continue to trend on social media, an ingredient everyone seems to be talking about is Monk Fruit Powder! It is a low carb sweetener that has been popular with foodies and those in diabetic communities.
Monk Fruit is grown in Southeast Asia, particularly in the southern part of China and in Thailand. Also known as “Luo Han Guo”, it has been used in the preparation of medicine as a common cold and digestive remedy. Ancient Buddhist monks who first cultivated it approximately 800 years ago are a part of this sweetener’s name!
Monk Fruit has found its way to food markets all across North America. Its rise in popularity is being a low carb and zero-calorie sweetener. It has become very popular with people on the keto diet and the question has to be asked, what is this fruit’s KETO Magic?
Following a ketogenic diet involves cutting back on high-carb foods like desserts and processed snacks. Consuming too much added sugar can ruin your teeth, cause kidney stones, increase your risk of heart disease, harm your liver, and make you gain weight. Monk Fruit sweetener is an option to still enjoy the sweet things in life and step forward to living a healthier life!
Top 7 benefits of Monk Fruit Powder:
- Inflammation – Mogrosides in Monk Fruit extract may be able to protect tissues in the body from the damage of free radicals, a major source of inflammation.
- Aids in weight loss – it can be a great substitute for the typical table sugar and homemade recipes.
- Regulates Blood Sugar – Monk Fruit has a glycemic index of 0, making it a very healthy choice. For a comparison, glucose (simple sugar) has a whopping glycemic index of 103.
- Gut Health – Monk Fruit inhibits the growth of unwanted microbes by providing helpful anti-microbial properties that maintain the correct bacterial balance in the gut.
- Heart Health – The mogrosides in the Monk Fruit have the capability to prevent cholesterol in the body from building up and may even increase HDL cholesterol.
- Immune Boost – The antioxidants in Monk Fruit fight off harmful bacteria in the body.
- Homemade Baking – The sweetener from Monk Fruit is heat stable and can be used in baking as a substitute for sugar.
Here are some tips on how you can use the Monk Fruit daily:
- Substitute sugar in sauces and dressings.
- Blend the sweetener with your favorite fruits, yogurt, and ice for a refreshing and healthy drink.
- Substitute for sugar with Monk Fruit when baking.
- Craving an extra boost of sweetness in your morning oatmeal or yogurt? Stirring Monk Fruit sweetener into your morning meals feels indulgent but doesn’t pack on the excess sugar.
- Rather than stirring a spoonful of honey or sugar into your tea, add a small sprinkle of Monk Fruit sweetener.
- Add it as a sweetener to your morning latte with Lavender, Turmeric or Beet Powder.
- Sprinkle Monk Fruit on sour fruits. If you prefer adding sugar to more sour-tasting fruits, like grapefruit, use Monk Fruit instead.
- Swap out sugar for Monk Fruit in sweet beverages. When making sweet beverages, like lemonade or juices, use Monk Fruit in place of sugar.