One of the most destructive lifestyle factors I have noticed in my years as a practitioner is the overconsumption of sugar that most Americans partake in. Fortunately, we have found many great natural sweeteners that are sweeter than sugar without the inflammatory effects. One such sweetener that has great research behind its healing properties is monk fruit. In this article, you will discover 8 benefits of monk fruit and why I recommend using this as one of your go to natural sweeteners.
In the past, sugar was a delicacy that was enjoyed on special occasions only, now however if you walk into a grocery store the vast majority of foods are loaded with some form of sugar. This prevalence of sugar in our foods has aided in the rising consumption of sugar per person from about 10lbs per year in the 1800s, to well over 100lbs present day! As more people wake up to the dangers of our sugar consumption they turn to alternatives like aspartame or sucralose which have their own dangers.
I highly advocate removing as much sugar from the diet as possible. Overconsumption of sugar can lead to many health challenges including:
Removing sugar from the diet will have a reverse impact on all of these things, but for some the idea of no sugar can seem limiting. So what if you could enjoy sweets without the negative health impacts? And what if you could do so using a sweetener that has actually been shown to provide health benefits?
Among the dense web of chemical sweeteners, alternative sweeteners, calorie free sweeteners, etc. I have isolated one of my favorites and it is called monk fruit (or Lo Han Guo). I love monk fruit sweeteners, I recommend them to my patients and I use them personally at home, in my ketogenic-friendly desserts, and in my products as well.
Monk fruit is a melon-like fruit found indigenously (and almost exclusively) in southeast Asia. Consumed for thousands of years in its native lands, it has made its way over into the US fairly recently as an alternative sweetener. So how might making a switch from sugar to monk fruit benefit your health?
As mentioned earlier, there are many benefits of cutting sugar from the diet. Evidence continues to mount that shows the benefits of consuming monk fruit may be compounding when used instead of sugar.
One of my favorite benefits of monk fruit is that the very compounds that give it a sweet flavor (called mogrosides) are actually antioxidants that can have several benefits in the body.
To read more visit https://drjockers.com/8-health-benefits-monk-fruit/
Source: Dr. David Jockers DNM, DC, MS
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