Top 9 Benefits of the Monk Fruit That You Should Know About

No, this fruit is not intended for monks only. According to the stories, it is named after the Buddhist monks who were known to first cultivate the fruit nearly 800 hundred years ago. Thus the name monk fruit.

Many Americans, I’m sure, have not heard of the monk fruit. It goes by the scientific name of Siraitia grosvenorii . It also goes by the names of Longevity fruit, Buddha fruit, or luo han guo. It’s a vine from the gourd family that bears a powerful fruit. Monk fruit typically grows in Thailand and some parts of China. For thousands of years, it has been used both as a medicine and as a food additive. Monk fruit was used as a remedy for a number of diseases, and also as an artificial sweetener.

Yes, that’s right. This fruit is sweeter than sugar, with high concentrations of glucose and fructose. However, it is infinitely healthier than sugar. Its sweetness comes from  special antioxidants called mogrosides. These are found in the fleshy part of the fruit. This is the reason why it is widely used as a sweetener.

In 2010, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has labeled monk fruit as “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS). This means anyone can use it, even pregnant women and children. The fruit has no known negative side effects. Most artificial sweeteners have side effects like bloating, gas, or even allergic reactions. Also, monk fruit sweeteners have little to no aftertaste, unlike most other sweeteners.

The monk fruit has a high antioxidant content. They also have absolutely zero calories and zero carbohydrates.

Benefits of Monk Fruit

Aside from being a healthier option to sweeten drinks and food, the monk fruit has plenty of other benefits.

Promotes Longevity

People who regularly eat monk fruit seem to live longer. In areas where the monk fruit is abundant, there is a high number of centenarians per capita. The antioxidants in the fruit play have a positive effect on the breaking down of the body as it ages. As we age, we experience massive stress to our internal environment, an increase in inflammation, the rapid breakdown of tissues, and the degeneration of our bodies. The antioxidants in monk fruit control inflammation and regulate the antioxidant systems in our body.

Boosts the Immune System

Monk fruit has beneficial antimicrobial properties that maintain proper bacterial balance. The antioxidants in the fruit also fight against oxidative stress and harmful free radicals. These are responsible for many diseases, illnesses, and disorders that a body can possibly have. The antioxidants also prevent DNA damage and inhibit harmful molecules that go by the name reactive oxygen species.

Is Anti-Inflammatory

We all know that inflammation causes plenty of different issues in the body. Monk fruit shows that it has anti-inflammatory properties and has a positive effect against diseases and disorders. Using monk fruit as an anti-inflammatory medication is also safer as other types of anti-inflammatory medications come with harmful side effects, like liver damage.

Treats Infections

The monk fruit is a natural antimicrobial agent that fights off infections. It is also effective in slowing down the surge of antibiotic resistance. It inhibits the growth of bacteria, most especially oral bacteria that causes tooth decay and periodontal disease. Aside from that, the fruit is also effective in treating sore throats, candida, oral thrush, streptococcus, and gum disease in the mouth.

Helps with Allergies

The fruit is quite effective in dealing with allergies. Our bodies have mast cells, which mediate histamine response. These cells are also responsible for nasal congestion and the puffy feeling you experience in your face during pollen season. Studies show that monk fruit gives a significant decrease in histamine response to allergens. What it does is they calm down the mast cells.

Helps in Weight Loss

Using monk fruit sweeteners instead of sugar is a great way to watch your weight and lower the risk of obesity. Nowadays, the sugar consumption of many Americans is alarming, and this leads to the fast rise of the obesity epidemic. Since the fruit has zero calories and carbs, then they don’t cause weight gain.

Fights against Diabetes

Since the ancient times, the monk fruit was used as an effective treatment for diabetes. It is a proven antihyperglycemic. This means that it helps bring down blood glucose levels in the body. The fruit also allows better insulin secretion in the body. Monk fruit is very safe for people with diabetes. It doesn’t cause fluctuations of blood sugar levels and is thus considered a preventative method for diabetes.

Promotes Heart Health

Monk fruit has components that prevent cholesterol from oxidizing. This is what happens to cholesterol before it builds up into plaque in the arteries and blood vessels. This lowers the risk of heart attacks, stroke, and atherosclerosis. The fruit also has a positive effect on high cholesterol and increases the production of HDL “good” cholesterol.

Prevents Cancer

There are plenty of studies that show the monk fruit has anti-carcinogenic effects. It has the ability to inhibit skin and breast tumor growth. It also  inhibits the progression of pancreatic cancer cells. The fruit also has a similar effect on colorectal cancer and throat cancer cells. It also provides proteins that have powerful anticancer abilities. The mogrosides in the fruit suppresses leukemia cell growth too.

Monk Fruit Recipes

There are plenty of ways that you can add the monk fruit into your daily diet. Here are a few suggestions that you can try out for yourself. To make it easier for you, most of the recipes use Monk Fruit In The Raw products. These come in easy-to-use packets.

Raw Green Goddess Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 cup spinach

½ cup baby kale

½ a Granny Smith apple, peeled, seeded, and cubed

½ inch slice fresh ginger

¾ cup coconut water, chilled

1 packet Monk Fruit In The Raw

Procedure:

First, place the spinach, kale, ginger, and coconut water in a high-speed blender and combine completely. Next, mix in the packet of monk fruit. Pour in a glass and enjoy.

Best Chewy Brownies

Ingredients:

7 tablespoons unsalted butter

4 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped

1 cup Monk Fruit In The Raw Bakers Bag

2 large eggs (at room temperature)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

½ cup unbleached all-purpose flour

½ cup walnuts, chopped

Procedure:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350℉.
  2. Coat an 8-inch-square baking pan with cooking spray.
  3. Melt the butter in a medium-sized bowl.
  4. Add the chocolate and let stand for 2 minutes.
  5. Afterward, stir vigorously until the chocolate is melted and the mixture smooth.
  6. Next, whisk in the monk fruit sweetener.
  7. Add in the eggs one at a time, whisking all the while.
  8. Add the vanilla extract.
  9. Mix in the flour with a flexible spatula.
  10. Lastly, add the walnuts and give a quick stir.
  11. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan.
  12. Bake for about 22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out almost clean.
  13. Set the pan to cool.
  14. Cut to squares, serve, and enjoy!

Zucchini Bread

Ingredients:

1½ cups zucchini, finely shredded

1½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

1 large egg

½ cup canola oil, chilled

1 cup Monk Fruit In The Raw Bakers Bag

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

½ cup walnuts, chopped

½ cup raisins

Procedure:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350℉.
  2. Lightly coat a loaf pan with cooking spray.
  3. Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.
  4. Whisk the egg in another large bowl.
  5. While still whisking, slowly pour in the oil. COntinue mixing until the mixture looks like loose mayonnaise.
  6. Whisk in the monk fruit sweetener.
  7. Add the zucchini and vanilla extract.
  8. Next, add the bowl with the dry ingredients to the bowl with the wet mixture. Mix them slowly and with as few strokes as possible.
  9. Fold in the raisins and the walnuts.
  10. Spread the batter into the loaf pan.
  11. Bake for at least 50 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  12. Set the pan to cool.
  13. Once cooled, wrap the bread in foil and let sit at room temperature for about 24 hours.
  14. Cut into desired slices.