Common Name: Monk Fruit
Botanical Name: Momordica grosvenori
Other Names: Lo Han Guo, Buddha Fruit
Growing Area: China
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Monk Fruit is a perennial vine, which grows in the northern Guangxi province in China. We only use premium quality wildcrafted Monk Fruit Berries grown without the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. The Chinese people have used Monk Fruit for centuries because of its medicinal properties and its outstanding abilities as a natural sweetener. The Chinese are calling the small Monk Fruit fruits a "National Treasure".
Nutrients & Applications:
Monk Fruit contains substantial amounts of amino acids, mineral, vitamins and fructose. It can be used in functional beverages, nutritional formulas, diet foods and other common food products. In Traditional Chinese Medicine Monk Fruit is used as an analgesic, antitussive, expectorant and to treat infiltration of the lungs. Monk Fruit contains no calories whatsover! Thus it is also ideal for use with products that require a low or no carbohydrate content and that aim for minimal calorie content.
Monk Fruit does not elevate insulin levels, raise cholesterol or stimulate fat storage. Monk Fruit extract is the foremost natural sweetener in the industry. It is being used in formulas to promote maintaining a healthy weight. Monk Fruit is considered safe for diabetics, hypoglycemics and children. It adds a nice natural sweetness to functional beverages. Since it is not a sugar alcohol, it doesn’t leave a bitter finish. By isolating the sweet compounds one can obtain extracts that are up to 250 to 300 times sweeter than natural sugar.*