The New Kid On The Block
Monk fruit is a round, green fruit grown on lush vines in small farms in the sub-tropical climate of Asian hillsides, where temperate conditions and elevation are ideal.
The fruit is harvested by hand, then crushed and infused with hot water to release its natural sweetness. Monk Fruit is 200 to 300 times sweeter than sugar but contains no calories or effect on blood glucose levels.
Is Monk Fruit Safe?
The United States FDA issued GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) notice for Monk Fruit as a sweetener in December 2009. In fact, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' position paper on low-calorie sweeteners, published May 2012 in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, supported the safety of monk fruit.
More on Zevia's Monk Fruit
While melon-like in look, Monk Fruit is actually a gourd! The sweetness in Monk Fruit does not come from its natural sugars, rather an antioxidant called mogroside V. The fruit had been cultivated for centuries by Asian monks (Arhats) as a traditional medicine and sugar substitute.