What is the best monk fruit protein powder?
What is monk fruit?
Monk fruit, also known as lo han guo, is a small, melon-like round fruit native to Southeast Asia. Monk fruit sweetener is created by removing the seeds and skin, crushing the fruit, and collecting the juice, which is dried into a powder. This powder is over 100 times sweeter than sugar thanks to non-caloric compounds called mogrosides. It is also virtually calorie free because mogrosides are not absorbed by the gut. For this reason, it is used to sweeten many protein supplements. That said, monk fruit sweetener is not nearly as popular as artificial sweeteners or stevia because it is far more expensive. This is a shame, because as far as low/zero calorie sweeteners go, monk fruit is the most natural and best tasting; it actually tastes like sugar!
Monk fruit is better tasting.
We use monk fruit sweetener instead of artificial sweeteners or stevia for two reasons. First of all, it tastes better. Artificial sweeteners have a bitter aftertaste because they activate bitter taste receptors in addition to sweet taste receptors. This bitterness, which many say reminds them of licking aluminum foil, can linger in your mouth for hours. Stevia also activates bitter taste receptors. Monk fruit, on the other hand, is sweet like sugar and does not have the bitterness characteristic of artificial sweeteners and stevia. Order samples to see for yourself.
Monk fruit is better for you.
Monk fruit is better tasting than artificial sweeteners and stevia, and better for you. Artificial sweeteners can increase cravings toward sugary and sweet foods, which can lead to binging and feelings of withdrawal. They are also associated with a higher risk of glucose intolerance, which is a precursor for pre-diabetes and diabetes. Worst of all, artificial sweeteners are hard to digest, and can alter the composition of your gut microbiota, the collection of microorganisms that help you digest food. In the long term, this can lead to serious stomach pain and widespread inflammation.
Stevia, although celebrated as a natural alternative to artificial sweeteners, may not be as natural as you think. This popular sweetener is often extracted from the stevia rebaudiana plant using chemicals like ethanol and methyl alcohol. This, some argue, makes it barely more natural than the artificial sweeteners that it seeks to replace. In fact, a recent class action lawsuit filed in California reached a $6.1 million settlement because it was ruled that the company in question falsely labeled and advertised its stevia sweeteners as natural.
Monk fruit sweetener is created by removing the seeds and skin, crushing the fruit, and collecting the juice, which is then dried into a powder. Unlike artificial sweeteners, it has no known side effects, and unlike stevia, it is not processed with chemicals. To be fair, monk fruit sweetener has only been commercially available for about a decade, and its impact on chronic diseases like obesity and diabetes has not been well documented. That said, monk fruit has been safely used in Asian cuisine for centuries, and has no known side effects, even when consumed in large quantities. Moreover, small randomized trials have shown that monk fruit sweetener does not negatively impact blood sugar or insulin levels.
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Why drink wholesome?
Our monk fruit sweetened protein powders are additive-free, dairy-free, and made with real foods, not protein isolates. They are perfect for people with gut issues and sensitive stomachs, as well as for people just looking to boost their protein intake without the processing and added junk. It is worth mentioning that because monk fruit is over 100 times sweeter than sugar, it can be easy to overdo it. For this reason, we are very mindful of how much we use, and have succeeded in making one of the only protein powders that is sweet, but not too sweet. Moreover, because of their intense sweetness, many monk fruit sweeteners are blended with sugar alcohols like erythritol in order to taste and look more like table sugar. We do not use sugar alcohols because they are poorly absorbed by the gut and can cause diarrhea.
This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. drink wholesome is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.