Monk Fruit, a fruit extract also referred to as luo han guo, is a natural, low-calorie alternative to sugar that is about 200 times sweeter than sucrose. Its usage started in southern China for its medicinal value, and today it has grown to global application as a sugar replacement. It is freely soluble in water and is approximately 230 to 260 times sweeter than sucrose.
Monk fruit is a member of the Curcurbitaceae family (also known as the gourd family), which includes pumpkin, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, and melons. It’s approved for use in the US via self-affirmed GRAS and in tabletop applications in Canada.