Luo Han Guo3 Minutes Read
What is Luo Han Guo?
Luo Han Guo, also known as Siraitia grosvenorii or the monk fruit, is a
humble looking fruit that is revered for centuries in China for its health
benefits. The Luo Han Guo contains medicinal properties that are thought to
dispel body heat, treat cough and sore throat and gastrointestinal
issues. Nowadays, there are many commercial forms in which Luo
Han Guo is sold. The most common commercial product found on the market are
herbal drinks. Luo Han Guo can also be used for soups and stews.
Luo Han Guo is mostly sold in its dried form as the shelf life is longer. The fruit has a nutty aroma and a flavor similar to caramel and toffee.
The sweetness from Luo Han Guo has no calories and can be used as a substitute for sugar in cooking and baking because it is stable at high temperatures. As a result, Luo Han Guo is an ideal sweetener for diabetics as it does not raise blood sugar.
Nutrition Information for Chrysanthemum with Luo Han Guo Drink
Per serving: 200 ml
|Total Fat||0 g|
|Saturated Fat||0 g|
|Total Sugar||0 g|
|Dietary Fibre||0 g|
What are Luo Han Guo’s Benefits?
There are various health benefits of consuming Luo Han Guo, such as:
Aiding with Weight Loss
Since it contains no calories, carbs, or fat, it makes an excellent choice for anyone watching their weight. By simply replacing table sugar throughout with this fruit sweetener, you can significantly reduce your daily calorie and carb intake. Also, before buying any Luo Han Guo product check the label for added sugars.
Anti-Inflammatory and Immunity-Boosting Properties
Luo Han Guo has been used in TCM for centuries to make hot drinks that relieve sore throats and reduce phlegm, according to a 2011 study. Mogrosides in the fruit are anti-inflammatory and may help prevent cancer and keep blood sugar levels stable.
Suitable for Diabetics
As mentioned previously, since the fruit doesn't raise blood sugar levels, people with diabetes can generally use it without risk. However, the final product such as a luo han guo drink may contain additional sugars and other ingredients that raise calorie and carbohydrate counts or affect insulin sensitivity. As always, check food labels before buying. If in doubt, please get professional medical advice.
Not many may enjoy the taste of Luo Han Guo as it is on the bitter side. Allergic reaction to the fruit is rare but there is still some risk if you are allergic to gourds (Luo Han Guo is a member of the gourd family).
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Shopping for Luo Han Guo drinks and products
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