Let’s be honest: we can all use a little sweetness in our lives, especially right now!
But, it’s no secret that too much sugar is bad for you. Why? It’s essentially an empty calorie, meaning that it has calories but no nutrient value. It has also been shown to cause many health issues, such as:
Acne and accelerated skin aging
Increased risk of weight gain and obesity
Tooth cavities and decay
Increased risk of heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, diabetes, and depression
Most experts say that you should limit your sugar intake to no more than 30-40 grams a day max (which is about what is in a can of soda!).
So you might want to consider alternative sweeteners to sugar to cut back on your intake.
The problem? So many alternative sweeteners are terrible for you, too!
Artificial sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose are made of chemicals and yucky fake ingredients that have harmful effects that might even be worse than sugar itself!
Many of them have been shown to cause side effects like gas, bloating, allergic reactions, and even weight gain (which is ironic since many are touted as “diet” options) and therefore are controversial.
So then what do I choose?!
Good news - there is a 100% natural sweetener out there that doesn’t have the downsides of sugar or artificial sweeteners!
Monk fruit, or lo han guo, is just that - a fruit! To be specific, it’s a small green melon native to southern China that was named after the monks who discovered it and cultivated it centuries ago.
Monk fruit extract (or the juice of the monk fruit) is an amazing sugar alternative. It is 150-250 times sweeter than regular ole sugar, yet it has zero calories or carbs. Better yet: there are no known side effects!
On top of that - it has some really great benefits. Here are just a few:
#1. It doesn’t raise blood sugar
Monk fruit gets its sweetness from natural compounds called mogrosides so it doesn’t increase blood sugar levels (and actually, might even lower them!). The spike and fall of blood sugar levels are what cause that “sugar crash” feeling, and can lead to diabetes longer term. It’s also a good option for those who already have diabetes.
#2. It has free-radical fighting antioxidants
Studies have shown that mogroside compounds “significantly inhibited reactive oxygen species and DNA oxidative damage.” Antioxidants + calorie free sweetener?! Talk about a super sweetener!
#3. It’s calorie-free, which helps with your macros or weight loss goals
Monk fruit has no calories, carbs, or fat, so you don’t have to use any macros on it! You can save substantial calories by substituting monk fruit sweetener for table sugar throughout your day. The average person consumes ~300 calories a day just from added sugar alone - which equates to a pound of fat gain every 11 days!
#4. It’s anti-inflammatory
Monk fruit’s mogrosides are said to be anti-inflammatory. Reducing inflammation may help prevent many inflammatory diseases such as heart disease, cancer, arthritis, allergies, skin issues, COPD, IBS, and Alzheimer’s.
#5. It might help fight cancer
Early evidence suggests that monk fruit extract may have anti-carcinogenic effects. It’s displayed an ability to inhibit skin and breast tumor growth, and it has proteins that have anticancer abilities.
#6. It has many other promising benefits
Monk fruit has been shown to have antibacterial properties. Specifically, it’s been shown to fight oral bacteria that cause tooth decay and periodontal disease. Further, studies show it might fight fatigue! It even seems to have an antihistamine effect when taken consistently, so it could be great if you struggle with allergies!
On top of all that, throughout history, monk fruit was used medicinally as a cough remedy, a treatment for constipation, and as a remedy for getting rid of fevers. More studies need to be done to confirm effectiveness but it could be promising.
The best part? Monk fruit works as a GREAT replacement for sugar in pretty much anything you can think of! Use it in your:
hot tea, iced tea, or lemonade
oatmeal or other hot cereals
Ready to try it for yourself?!
Good - because it’s coming in your April box!
We are excited to partner with CLEAN.FIT to deliver a full-sized, 200-serving bottle of llinea™ monk fruit straight to your door in the April box. This all natural zero-calorie sweetener is just one ingredient: simply the juice of the monk fruit. Enjoy adding it to your favorite beverages and foods where a little bit of pure sweetness simply creates better flavor- without adding calories or an aftertaste! Whether you are making a soothing cup of coffee or tea, a refreshing pitcher of sweet tea or lemonade, or a fruit-rich protein smoothie.
Amazingly, the juice of the fruit is 20 times sweeter than sugar - just 6 drops of llinea™ monk fruit equals the sweetness in one teaspoon of sugar! Mere drops add pure sweetness created by naturally occurring antioxidants in the fruit. Thanks to our handy conversion table, you can experiment with llinea™ to replace sugar in all kinds of uses!
Here are some tasty recipes by creative fans:
Hayl’s Kitchen created Perfect Post Workout Protein Balls - a perfect no-bake recipe for an on-the-go snack or treat.
Abby from Stem + Spoon, has been using llinea™ in tons of her keto, low-carb and gluten free recipes. One of our favorites is her Five Minute Keto Oatmeal Recipe.
We replace use llinea™ to sweeten EVERYTHING from our morning beverages to cocktails to soups, stews and curries!
If you didn’t purchase this months’ CLEAN.FIT box, don’t worry- we ship directly to you, for free! PLUS we have a special offer just for you. Save $1.00 off your first order of one bottle on our website with the code CLEANFIT through June 1!
Experiment. Enjoy. Let us know your favorite ways you use llinea™.