Monk fruit, also known as lo han gua, is a small, round fruit grown in Southeast Asia. For centuries, monk fruit has been used in traditional Chinese medicine. It was approved by the FDA in 2010.
Monk fruit sweetener is created by removing the seeds and skin of monk fruit and crushing it to collect the juice. The juice is then dried into a concentrated powder.
ZenSweet Monk Fruit Sweetener contains 3 all-natural ingredients - erythritol, inulin, and monk fruit.
Erythritol is a natural alcohol sugar found in foods like fruit and vegetables. It contains zero calories.
Multiple studies have been performed on erythritol and have demonstrated that it’s safe for human consumption. The World Health Organization confirmed its safety in 1991 and 2001.
While other sugar alcohols may cause bloating and digestive problems, erythritol is unique. It isn’t linked to these issues, unless consumed in excessive amounts. In fact, erythritol is digested in the small intestine so it does not cause digestive distress.
Inulin is a type of soluble fiber that’s found in many plants. It’s prebiotic, meaning that it feeds good bacteria in the gut. We add it to ZenSweet Monk Fruit Sweetener to add fullness and make ZenSweet look and feel like sugar.
ZenSweet is a zero-calorie sweetener that has zero glycemic impact. That means it doesn’t spike your blood sugar. By sweetening your foods with a zero-calorie, zero glycemic index sweetener, you may be able to avoid some of the negative effects of high-calorie, high-glycemic diets.
The glycemic index (GI) gives each food a ranking based on how much it increases blood sugar after eating that food. The more your blood sugar rises, the higher the glycemic index is.
Diets with high glycemic index have been associated with an increased risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers.
Honey, maples syrup, and agave are natural sweeteners - like ZenSweet Monk Fruit Sweetener. However, unlike zero-calorie ZenSweet Monk Fruit Sweetener, they contain calories and are not zero glycemic index. That means these sweeteners will spike your blood sugar and may be associated with weight gain.
Yes! You can bake and cook with ZenSweet Monk Fruit Sweetener. It also measure 1:1 with sugar. That means you can replace 1 cup of sugar with 1 cup of ZenSweet Monk Fruit Sweetener.
To replace brown sugar, we recommend adding 1 teaspoon of molasses per cup of ZenSweet to create 1 cup of “brown sugar” substitute.