Monk fruit isn't your typical fruit because it's actually a member of the gourd family. This unique fruit is round, greenish-brown in color, and grows on perennial vines. Monk fruit is not too well known because it is only grown in the mountains of China and Thailand. Lakanto's monk fruit is cultivated near the scenic town of Guilin which is nestled in the breathtaking Karst Mountains in Southern China.
Monk fruit is considered a healing herb in Eastern medicine and has been used since its discovery to treat all kinds of ailments. Because the people who farm it live so long, it is also thought to be the secret to longevity
A sect of monks, known as the Louhan have been cultivating luo han guo (also known as monk fruit) for eight centuries. The monks called it "The Immortals Fruit" because they found that by using it to sweeten teas and elixirs, they had an abundance of energy and lived longer and healthier lives. Although monk fruit has been used for centuries, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just approved it as a sweetener in 2010.
LAKANTO is made from a high purity Monkfruit fruit extract and erythritol. These two natural ingredients make LAKANTO so safe and so similar in flavor to sugar. Unlike most fruits whose sweetness comes from fructose and glucose, monk fruit's sweetness comes from antioxidants called mogrosides. Lakanto Monkfruit Sweeteners are the best natural sugar substitutes, because they have less than 1 calories, Keto friendly and won’t raise blood glucose levels. Lakanto Monkfruit sweetners taste like sugar without any aftertaste.