What is the best monk fruit protein powder?

drink wholesome is the best monk fruit protein powder. It is made with a short list of simple ingredients, including monk fruit, so you can boost your protein intake without the extra processing and added junk. Order samples to see if our protein powder with monk fruit is right for you.

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Written by Jack Schrupp & endorsed by Baylee Reller, RDN

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 fine powder.

Monk fruit sweetener is over 100 times sweeter than sugar thanks to non-caloric compounds called mogrosides. A pinch of monk fruit sweetener can therefore be used to achieve the same amount of sweetness as several tablespoons of sugar. This allows protein powder companies to reduce both the caloric and sugar content of their products. 

Monk fruit sweetener, despite its obvious benefits, is not as widely used as artificial sweeteners, sugar alcohols, and stevia because it is far more expensive. This is a shame, because as far as low/zero calorie sweeteners go, monk fruit is the best for you and the best tasting.

Why is monk fruit better tasting?

Monk fruit does not activate bitter taste receptors like other sugar substitutes. Many people do not care for sweeteners like sucralose and stevia, for example, because they have a bitter (or metallic) aftertaste. 

Monk fruit itself tastes like a blend of melon and citrus flavors with a hint of caramel. When used in moderation, most people cannot tell the difference between monk fruit sweetener and sugar.

Why is monk fruit better for you?

Monk fruit is healthier than other sugar substitutes for several reasons. For starters, monk fruit itself has no known side effects. It has been used in Asian cuisine for centuries, and is completely safe, even when consumed in large quantities. Moreover, small randomized trials have shown that monk fruit sweetener does not negatively impact blood glucose (sugar) or insulin levels, which is great news if you have diabetes or are trying to lose weight. 

Artificial sweeteners like sucralose and acesulfame potassium, on the other hand, are associated with higher risk of glucose intolerance, which is a precursor for pre-diabetes and diabetes. They can also increase cravings toward sugary and sweet foods, leading to binging and feelings of withdrawal. 

Other sugar substitutes, especially sugar alcohols like xylitol, can cause painful gastrointestinal (GI) side effects. If protein powders make you bloated or run to the bathroom, a sugar alcohol may be to blame.

Other sugar substitutes can also alter the composition and function of your gut microbiome – the collection of microorganisms living in your gut. An altered gut microbiome can cause widespread inflammation and long-term health problems.

Finally, other sugar substitutes have been linked to the onset and development of chronic diseases. Artificial sweetener intake, for instance, has been associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease. The popular sugar alcohol erythritol has also been associated with heart attacks and stroke.

It is worth mentioning that stevia, although celebrated as a natural alternative to artificial sweeteners, may not be as natural as you think. This popular sugar substitute 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.

What is the best protein powder sweetened with monk fruit?

Our monk fruit sweetened protein powder is made with a short list of simple ingredients. Our vanilla protein powder, for example, is made with egg whites, coconut, vanilla, and monk fruit. We also make vanilla protein powder with maple sugar. Maple sugar is one of the most natural sugars on the planet, and a great alternative for those who do not like monk fruit. 

It should be noted that because of its intense sweetness, monk fruit is often blended with sugar alcohols like erythritol in order to taste and look more like table sugar. We DO NOT mix our monk fruit with erythritol. We use pure monk fruit sweetener, extracted from the monk fruit using natural extraction methods. That is, there are no chemical agents or solvents involved in the making of our monk fruit sweetener. 



“I used a combination of chocolate & peanut butter in my smoothie and holy cow, they are SO good! I was honestly a little skeptical of how they would taste, especially with the monk fruit, but they blew me away. No artificial taste or weird consistency like so many other powders I’ve tried. And the ingredients are top notch 👌🏼” – Kara

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