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Monk Fruit Powder
(Luo Han Guo)

What is Luo Han Guo (Monk Fruit) ?

Luo Han Guo, also known as monk fruit or Siraitia grosvenorii, is a small green gourd native to southern China and northern Thailand. It's a type of fruit that's been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine due to its perceived health benefits.

The fruit derives its name from the Buddhist monks, the "luo hans," who were believed to have first cultivated it centuries ago.

The sweetness in monk fruit comes from natural compounds called mogrosides, particularly mogroside V, which is several hundred times sweeter than sugar but doesn't contain calories. Because of its intense sweetness without the caloric content, monk fruit extract is often used as a natural sweetener in various food products and beverages, particularly in sugar-free or reduced-sugar products and for individuals aiming to reduce their sugar intake.

Health benefits of using Luo Han Guo

1. Natural Sweetener:

Monk fruit extract is commonly used as a natural alternative to sugar due to its high sweetness with minimal impact on blood sugar levels. It's often used in sugar-free or low-calorie products.

2. Antioxidant Properties:

Luo Han Guo contains antioxidant compounds like mogrosides, which have been studied for their potential health benefits in reducing oxidative stress and inflammation in the body.

3. Traditional Medicine Uses:

In traditional Chinese medicine, monk fruit has been used for various purposes, including treating coughs, sore throats, and as a general health tonic. However, modern scientific evidence supporting these traditional uses is limited.


Monk fruit extract is available in various forms, including powder and liquid extracts, and is often used in combination with other sweeteners or ingredients to balance flavor profiles in food and beverage products.

While monk fruit extract is generally considered safe for most people, it's advisable to consume it in moderation. Also, individuals with specific sensitivities or allergies should be cautious, and consulting with a healthcare professional is recommended, especially for those with existing health conditions or who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

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