"The immortal’s fruit,” or monk fruit, has been an alternative sugar replacement for centuries. Monk fruit gets its name from the monks who first cultivated the plant in 13th century China. Monk fruit does not naturally grow in many places so cultivation has helped the fruit become more numerous. have many places it can grow. Cultivation helped the fruit to become more numerous.
The monks nicknamed their precious fruit: "the immortal’s fruit" as they quickly discovered it’s plethora of health benefits! The consumers of the fruit were often living to be 100 years old, which doesn’t exactly make them “immortal” but pretty impressive, nonetheless.
The Chinese used monk fruit to relieve coughing, respiratory issues, and heat-related illnesses, such as heat stroke and high fevers. Because monk fruit was not easily accessible, it was not a common part of Chinese medicine until well after the monks began cultivating the fruit. Monk fruit was a common part of Chinese medicine by 1938 when European scientists began studying it.
As the Chinese discovered, monk fruit not only has health benefits, it is a great sweetener! Unlike most fruit, monk fruit does not get its sweetness from fructose. Monk fruit’s sweetness is derived from antioxidants. Today, monk fruit is commonly used in healing and as a sweetener all over the world.
After many studies, monk fruit is known to have many benefits.
- 250-300 times sweeter than sugar
- High antioxidant levels
- Combats infection
- No calories
- 0 on the glycemic index
- Naturally treats diabetes
- Anti-inflammatory and coolant
- Helps treat and prevent cancer
- Fights fatigue
- Natural antihistamine
- Reduce oxidative stress
One of the best aspects of monk fruit is it has no reported side effects! Lakanto Monk Fruit Sweetener is a mixture of monk fruit and erythritol. Together, they make a blend that perfectly matches the sweetness of sugar as a 1:1 sugar replacement!. In addition, its granulated form looks, tastes, bakes and smells like sugar. The sweetener has no additives, is non-GMO, gluten-free, vegan, and so much more. Lakanto Monk Fruit Sweetener uses the world’s healthiest sugar alternative to provide sweet options for any lifestyle!
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