I was also wondering about this. I tried a sample of it and liked the taste better than Stevia but wanted to find some more information about it. I haven't heard much about it since it came out. I guess I'm off to Google it. :)
This sweetener is FDA approved, which means it has gone through safety testing and meets guidelines to be used in foods and beverages--for oral consumption. Artificial sweeteners do not increase blood sugar levels, which is why they are used on carbohydrate controlled eating plans for those with diabetes.
I was wondering if there are any adverse effects to consuming Monk Fruit? Usually artificial sweeteners will affect blood sugar levels and Stevia is still a bit of a question mark concerning how it affects your liver. I looked on the packaging of Nectresse and it says it contains sugar as an ingredient. You can eat two packets as a "free food". I'm guessing the sugar starts to count after that?
It is Luohan guo extract (Siraitia Grosvenorii) or Monk fruit extract. It is the newest artificial sweetener on the market. It is 150-300 times sweeter than sugar. So a small amount goes a long way to sweeten---and therefore can fit in the non-nutritive sweetener category. It can be used in foods and as a tabletop sweetener.
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I was at the grocery store today, in the sweetener aisle. I was there to buy some stevia. There was a new product there, which is a zero calorie sweetener from the makers of Splenda. The ingredient is monk fruit. Does anyone know anything about this? Specifically, safety, flavor, adverse effects, successful uses, etc? I know it is used in Arctic Zero. Thanks!
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