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Discover the magic of monk fruit

A small melon-like fruit from southern China, monk fruit may hold the secret to quitting sugar – for good.

If you’ve never heard of monk fruit, get ready to – this powerful gourd is gaining global popularity among health-conscious foodies and sugar-free proponents.

The fruit takes its name from the monks who cultivated them centuries ago, growing them in the hills of China’s Guilin province, and consuming them to balance their chi (energy) – they also believed the fruit held the secret to longevity. This part of the world has idyllic conditions for the fruit to thrive: plenty of rain and humidity, misty mountains, clean air and water, a high elevation. The steep growing conditions mean that crops are all hand harvested, while the remote setting dictates sustainable farming practices, free from pesticides.

All this results in fruit rich in healing properties: it’s packed with antioxidants known as mogrosides (rather than fructose or glucose, which give many other fruits their sweetness). In traditional medicine it’s thought to have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities.

It’s not tasty to eat raw. But those antioxidants can be extracted and blended with non-GMO erythritol to achieve a 1:1 sugar replacement with 93 per cent less calories and be diabetic friendly.

Lakanto’s Monkfruit Sweetener comes in two different types Classic and Golden

The former is extracted from the pulp of the monk fruit and has a clean, crisp sweetness – just like sugar. Golden is extracted from the seeds and skin of the fruit, giving it a more rich, maple flavour, like raw cane sugar. Order yours online, or pick it up at supermarkets and health food stores Australia/NZ wide.

I Quit Sugar approved

Lakanto’s Monkfruit Sweeter was recently given the tick of approval by the I Quit Sugar movement, recognising this all-natural product for the fact that it has no artificial colours or flavours, and no bitter aftertaste, as many artificial sweeteners have.

What does this mean for you? A whole new world of tasty yet low-calorie recipes, from drinks and cakes to biscuits and sauces.

Click below to try some of Lakanto’s responsibly sweet recipes at home:

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