New sugar sbutitutes-Luo han Guo extract

Luo han guo also know as "Monk fruit" extract is another newcomer to the sweetener scene. 


This sugar substitute is derived from the monk fruit, a gourd native to southern China and Thailand. 

The fruit itself has been used for centuries as a medicinal remedy to treat ailments ranging from sore throats to diabetes. 

Monk fruit extract’s sweetness comes from antioxidants called mogrosides that are 200 times sweeter than sugar. 

One packet of the sweetener has 0 calories and less than 1 gram of carb. The FDA gave monk fruit extract GRAS 

(generally recognized as safe) status in 2009; at this point, this sugar substitute doesn’t have rigorous scientific evidence 

behind it.

What is more, that being said, there is no evidence to suggest this sweetener has any side effects or could be harmful. 

Monk fruit extract is heat stable, so it’s suitable for cooking and baking. 

This sweetener can be substituted for sugar in recipes for sauces, dressings and beverages. However, when it comes 

to baked goods, one of the manufacturers, Monk Fruit in the Raw, recommends substituting monk fruit extract for half 

the sugar in a recipe. 

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