Why Monk Fruit May Be the Secret to Enjoying A Guilt-Free Holiday Season
Many folks have resigned themselves to a sugar-free Christmas for various reasons whether it is due to being diabetic, having candida, or just being hypoglycemic in general. However, the good news is that sugar doesn’t have to be the grinch that stole Christmas. Monk fruit may be the healthy solution you’ve been looking for to save your sweet tooth and avoid the guilt!
What is Monk Fruit? Traditionally known as Luo Han Guo, Monk fruit is a melon grown in Asian regions. Our culture named it after the Buddhist monks who harvested it from the Southern Chinese mountains as early as the 13th century.
The Sweet Secret
The sweetness that tingles your tastebuds in monk fruit isn’t from fructose. The secret belongs to a host of powerful antioxidants called mogrosides. These antioxidants are metabolized differently than the natural sugars usually found in fruit.
Monk Fruit vs. Stevia
Monk fruit is similar to stevia, but stevia can be unstable for baking. Monk fruit retains its sweetness through the baking process. Monk fruit also does not have any aftertaste. Stevia has been known to have an aftertaste occasionally.
Do you miss baking your favorite recipes? Lakanto is the baking blend I use personally, and it has never failed me yet because it is a 1 to 1 ratio to sugar. If you have a recipe that requires confectionary-style sugar, just throw the Lakanto into a coffee-grinder. Within a matter of seconds you will have a finely milled texture worthy of any frosting, ice cream, or candy confection. Lakanto’s sweetness comes from a blend of monk fruit and erythritol. What is erythritol you ask? Erythritol is a sugar alcohol that comes from fermented corn, but unlike most sugar alcohols it doesn’t have as severe a reputation for digestive upset. It is the easiest sugar alcohol to digest. I personally have never experienced any digestive issues using the Lakanto blend, but if you have concerns pure monk fruit extract is also available.
Do you miss your chocolate so badly you could cry? I have good news for you! ChocZero makes chocolate sweetened by monk fruit extract. It is available in milk, dark, and extra dark.
Do you miss maple syrup, especially now that you have found alternative, low-glycemic recipes for pancakes and waffles? ChocZero and Honest Syrup both are healthy sugar-free alternatives. In my personal experience, ChocZero tends to be thicker and more of a true syrup consistency.
Do you miss chocolate syrup for your sugar-free ice cream? ChocZero makes a decadent chocolate syrup made from monk fruit. If you are more of a caramel syrup person, that is available on their website too.
Do you miss the convenience of whipping out the container of hot cocoa mix to make yourself a cup in the time it takes to boil water? Thanks to ChocZero, now you can savor the indulgent taste without the side-effects when you make it from their Hot Chocolate mix sweetened with monk fruit.
What are the health benefits of Monk fruit? I’m glad you asked!
- Its potent antioxidants combat free radicals and oxidative stress.
- It lowers the risk of diabetes and obesity.
- It has anti-inflammatory benefits.
- It has anti-carcinogenic properties. Studies show that it has the ability to inhibit tumor growth.
- It naturally combats infections.
- It has been referred to as the longevity fruit. It helps to combat fatigue.
- It was used as an anti-diabetic by the Chinese. Studies show it may be a natural diabetes treatment.
- It works as a natural antihistamine.
Monk fruit saves us from the devastating effects of sugar overload while at the same time giving our bodies a boost of nutrients that come with great benefits. It sounds like a treasure from nature just waiting to make our palate dance and sing. Happy baking!
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