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MIKXOC Posts: 37
11/20/12 2:12 P

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. :)

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,929
9/10/12 9:16 P

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.

Dietitian Becky

PATMOS58 Posts: 1
9/10/12 10:07 A

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?



DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,929
7/31/12 6:08 P

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.

Dietitian Becky

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7/31/12 4:34 P

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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