Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Monk fruit extract.

It is a small round fruit native to Southern China and Northern Thailand. It's traditional name is "luo han guo". Luo han translates to "monk" and guo is "fruit" in Chinese. Thought to be named after the Buddhist monks who first cultivated the fruit some 800 years ago. It has been used for centuries in these countries to treat diabetes, digestion issues and obesity.

We choose to use pure monk fruit extract. It is created by removing the seeds and skin of the fruit and using a hot water extracting method to extract the "mogrosides". They contain no sugar but are up to 200 times sweeter than sugar.

No. SweetMonk does not contain any artificial ingredients.

No. You might be wondering how this is possible because it is derived from a fruit. It is because the "mogrosides" are extracted and they contain the sweetness as well as antioxidants but no fructose / glucose.

Monk fruit has some similarities to other natural sweeteners but also some key differences. Monk fruit and stevia both come from natural sources, monk fruit from a fruit and stevia from a leaf. The main difference is in the aftertaste, many people cannot tolerate the aftertaste of stevia but find monk fruit does not have an aftertaste. Sugar alcohols ex: xylitol & erythritol are not always calorie free and some have an impact on glycemic index and are not always digested well. Agave is also becoming more popular as a sugar alternative. It contains sugar and calories and due to the high amount of fructose it contains it can cause digestion issues and bloating for some people.

SweetMonk is a very concentrated sticky liquid. 4-6 drops is the equivalent of about 1 tsp of sugar. This is generally enough for a single serving of food or beverage.

You might be surprised to learn that many household names are starting to use monk fruit into their products. Brands such as Starbucks, Nestle, Dole and Zevia are using monk fruit to reduce sugar content while maintaining great taste!

If you are trying to reduce the amount of sugar and/or artificial foods in your diet. It is an all natural, zero calorie and delicious way to sweeten food and beverages. The extract is 200 times sweeter than sugar and also contains antioxidants! It has no impact on blood glucose levels which makes it a great option for diabetics. What more could you ask for. Because monk fruit is so sweet, just a little is needed to sweeten your favourite foods and beverages. Try it in: coffee, tea, plain yogurt, smoothies, protein shakes, oatmeal and homemade popsicles. SweetMonk is vegan, kosher and gluten free.

This is what we thought too. A zero calorie, all natural sweetener that tastes great, is easy to digest and even contains antioxidants! New to us but it has been used for centuries in Asian countries. Due to increasing consumer demands for sugar alternatives and healthier options, companies are searching for something to satisfy today's modern consumer. Monk fruit is an obvious choice.