What is Monk Fruit?

What is Monk Fruit?
Monk fruit, also known as luo han guo, is a small round fruit grown in Southeast Asia.  Monk fruit sweetener is created by removing the seeds and skin of the fruit, crushing the fruit, and collecting the juice. The fruit extract, or juice, is around 150-200 times sweeter than sugar and contains zero calories per serving – meaning a very small amount provides a lot of sweetness. Juice Squeeze uses Monk fruit juice concentrate which is only about 15-20 times sweeter than sugar.
What is monk fruit juice concentrate?
Concentrate is made by crushing the fruit to release the juice, which is then combined with hot water to create an infusion. This is then filtered, resulting in a sweet juice concentrate which is 15-20 times sweeter than regular sugar.
Is Monk fruit safe for diabetics?
Yes. Since monk fruit is a no-calorie sweetener, it will not affect blood sugar levels and may be a good option for people with diabetes for reducing their total carbohydrate and sugar intake.  Remember, a food or beverage containing monk fruit sweeteners may still have calories and carbohydrates, so always check the food label.  If you’re unsure how foods and beverages with monk fruit sweeteners fit into your diabetes care plan, consult a health professional such as an Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), certified diabetes educator (CDE), and/or your health care provider.
Is Monk fruit safe for kids?
Yes. FDA-permitted monk fruit sweeteners are safe and useful options for children and teens and can be included as part of a well-balanced diet. Incorporating some low-calorie, sugar-free foods and beverages into meals and snacks is one way to avoid consuming excess calories.  Health professionals, including RDNs, can help parents and their children make the best choices based on a child’s individual calorie and nutrition needs. 
How many calories are in monk fruit?
Monk fruit sweeteners contain zero calories per serving. Foods and beverages using monk fruit sweeteners in place of regular sweeteners generally contain fewer calories and are often labeled as “light” or “reduced calorie.” Juice Squeeze contains other juice concentrates, so it is not a 0-calorie beverage.
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