Monk Fruit (also known as luo han guo) is a fruit native to southern China and northern Thailand, whose extract is nearly 300 times sweeter than sugar and has been used in China as a low-calorie sweetener for cooling drinks and in traditional Chinese medicine.
Monk fruit is not commonly consumed fresh because shortly after harvesting they lose their amazing sweet flavour. When eaten fresh, Monk Fruit contains calories and carbohydrates like other fruits and vegetables, but after drying, the trace amounts of fructose, glucose and other components are so small they are considered insignificant.
But why is it so sweet? Monk fruit is not sweet due to natural sugars like most fruits. It contains powerful antioxidants called mogrosides, which are metabolized differently by the body than natural sugars. That’s why, despite their very sweet taste, these fruits contain no calories and have no effect on blood sugar.
Just 3 or 4 drops in a hot beverage is the equivalent sweet taste as one teaspoon of sugar. We have combined Monk Fruit Concentrate with 100% naturally derived flavours of Vanilla, Caramel and Hazelnut to give you a variety of flavours to choose from. And for those who prefer it unaccompanied, it's also availble unflavoured in the Thankfully Nourished 50mls bottle or the Coffee Professor 35ml size.