QUESTION: What do you do with monk fruit powder? I keep reading about it, but I don’t understand what you use it for.
ANSWER: Monk fruit is a round fruit in the gourd family about the size of a lime, also known as Luo Han Guo in Asia, named after the monks in China who discovered it. The powder extract of monk fruit is used as a low glycemic natural sweetener that’s keto and diabetic friendly, and also considered a food that’s GRAS (generally recognized as safe) by the FDA.
So you’d buy monk fruit powder as a sweetener, primarily, and use it as a sugar substitute. You can use it in your coffee or for baking and cooking when you’d typically use sugar. Some packaged monk fruit powder is even designed to be used 1 : 1 as a sugar substitute in recipes, so you don’t have to guess or estimate how much to use to keep the same level of sweetness.