Keto diet tips and ideas continue to trend on social media, an ingredient everyone seems to be talking about is the Monk Fruit Powder! It is considered by many to be a low-carb alternative to sugar that has been popular with foodies and those people who are finding ways to cope with their sweet tooth.
The 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 its historic and present name!
Monk Fruit Powder has found its way to food markets all across North America. Its rise in popularity is being a low carb and zero-calorie alternative to sugar. 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?
The answer is Mogrosides! For our readers who want to know more about mogrosides, they are a type of glucoside that are found in certain fruits & plants that are not absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract which is why they do not contribute to any calories in our diet. When they do reach the colon, the microbes in our gut splits the glucose molecules and uses them as an energy source within the body.
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. Hence the Monk Fruit powder is an option that can help you enjoy the sweeter things in life and as well help you step forward to living a healthier life with lower processed sugar consumption!
Here are some tips on how you can use the Monk Fruit Powder:
- You can use the Monk Fruit Powder as a substitute in sauces and dressings.
- You can blend the Monk Fruit Powder with your favorite fruits, yogurt, and ice blends for a sweetened, refreshing and healthy drink.
- You can substitute sugar in your recipes with the Monk Fruit Powder when baking as it is heat stable.
- Craving an extra boost of sweetness in your morning oatmeal or yogurt? Stirring the Monk Fruit Powder 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 the Monk Fruit Powder.
- Add it to your morning latte with Lavender, Turmeric or Beet Powder.
- Sprinkle Monk Fruit Powder on sour fruits. If you prefer adding sweetness to more sour-tasting fruits, like grapefruit.
- Swap out sugar for Monk Fruit Powder in sweet beverages. For example, when you’re preparing lemonade or juices, use Monk Fruit Powder in place of sugar.
Do note that Westpoint’s Monk Fruit Powder is a natural food product composed of just the dehydrated Luo Han Guo fruit (Siraitia grosvenori, formerly called Momordica grosvenori). It is harvested at the peak of its harvest season, dried, cleaned and milled. It does not go through an extraction process and has no added ingredients.