Monk Fruit: The Natural Sweetener
Written by: Brandi Monasco
Monk fruits have recently become famous due to their natural sweetening property. Many people are choosing to replace everyday synthetic and refined sugar with this more natural and beneficial alternative.
What in the world is a monk fruit and why is everybody going crazy for it?
Monk fruit is a type of melon that is grown in the sub-tropical regions of Asia. Its history dates back hundreds of years. However, the recently popular health qualities of the fruit, along with its natural sweetening capabilities is what has landed it with so much fame.
The monk fruit is eaten after drying, which takes away all its carbohydrate content, effectively making it a zero calorie food. The monk fruit is also loaded with several health benefits that makes it so much better to use than refined sugar.
The sweetening properties of monk fruit plus the zero calorie content makes it an ideal fruit and sweetener for diabetics, giving them a compromise for all the sugar they have missed. The monk fruit contains lots of antioxidants that are very useful and beneficial to your body. These antioxidants are broken down in your mouth in a different way than normal, which makes the tongue think that the fruit is sweet, when in reality, it doesn’t contain any sugar.
The monk fruit is also a great benefit for those who are trying to lose weight. Sugar is a big enemy for obesity so these melons can satisfy the sweet cravings without actually giving you the harmful weight gaining effects, which gives you a win-win situation.
These same antioxidants are highly effective in combating against damaging toxins and products in your body. This prevents these harmful products from causing harm to your body cells and promoting a healthier environment. This effect results in less body damage from local factors, free radicals and toxins in your environment to give you a healthy skin and fresh body.
The same process also prevents and even reverses the aging process, which means you can stay young with this healthy and tasty fruit. The immune boosting properties of the fruit can also be attributed to this quality and help ward off potentially harmful infections.
Ancient Chinese lore made the monk fruit tea as a remedy for a sore throat and fever. This is because the monk fruit has anti-inflammatory qualities, which have the capability to help any part of the body that experience a severe reaction or inflammation. Therefore, the monk fruit is beneficial in joint and muscle pains as well as in rashes or any other internal inflammatory disease.
The monk fruit also has amazing anti-cancer properties. It contains certain proteins which can fight against cancer cells to help rid you of this disease before it even starts. If the fruit is given to people who already have cancer, it has the property to slow its growth and even reduce it.
Even though monk fruit is considered a fruit, it is widely used as a sweetener instead of an edible fruit. You can find monk fruit sweetener in In The Raw products or even just as an extract that you can add to your recipes. Replacing your sugar or current sweetener with monk fruit gives you the extra benefits of this amazing sweet fruit.
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Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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