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. It is over 100 times sweeter than sugar thanks to non-caloric compounds called mogrosides. Mogrosides are sweet like sugar, but virtually calorie free because they are not absorbed by the gut. 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. Stevia is also accompanied by a bitter aftertaste because it too activates bitter taste receptors. This bitterness, which many say reminds them of licking aluminum foil, can linger in your mouth for hours.
Monk fruit, on the other hand, is sweet like sugar. It does not have the bitterness characteristic of artificial sweeteners and stevia, and although it can have a slight (fruity) aftertaste, it is hardly noticeable when used in moderation. Order samples to see for yourself.
Monk fruit is better for you.
Monk fruit is not only better tasting than artificial sweeteners and stevia, but it is also better for you. Artificial sweeteners may 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. Artificial sweeteners are hard to digest too, and can alter the composition of our gut microbiota, the collection of microorganisms that help us digest food. In the long term, this can lead to serious stomach pain and widespread inflammation. Finally, artificial sweeteners, especially sugar alcohols like xylitol, can cause diarrhea because they draw water into the gut.
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, on the other hand, is created by simply 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, it 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.
In case you were wondering, few companies use monk fruit sweetener because it is far more expensive than artificial sweeteners and stevia.
“I just finished my first bag and ordered 2 more! I Iove this stuff! I have IBS and every protein powder hurts my stomach…except drink wholesome!”
This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.