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Anyone ever looked into Luo Han Guo extract?

Commented on April 15, 2013
Created April 15, 2013 at 1:25 AM

Anyone on here done any research or looked into Luo Han Guo extract? It's sometimes called monk fruit extract. http://www.znaturalfoods.com/Luo-Han-Guo-Extract-Powder-1-lb I ordered a package a while back and I've been using it when I need a sweetener to cook with. It doesn't have as strong of an after taste as stevia does. I don't think it's as tasty as honey, but unlike the honey, I don't get any sort of sugar crash after I eat it.

Mark Sisson has given it the green light. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-paleo-pork-rinds-cottage-cheese-monk-fruit-sweetener-sago-elderberry-syrup/#axzz2QUPIEWHs

Here's the wikipedia page on it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siraitia_grosvenorii

I was just wondering if anyone else had played around with this and why it's not more widely used. Anyone have any thoughts on this?

Also, I was curious if it could be used to replace the sugar in charcuterie recipes.

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at 03:28 PM

Thank you for pointing out the maltodextrin. I had somehow overlooked that. I've been considering getting some Siraitia grosvenorii seed and growing the fruit for myself. From what I've read it's a variety of cucumber and might do well in my local climate.

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at 05:50 AM

I haven't looked much into the science but luo han guo is commonly boiled and drunk for health here in Singapore (Asia). I notice the powdered form you use contains maltodextrin. Perhaps you could look around in TCM shops for the dried whole version, unless it doesn't bother you.

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on April 15, 2013
at 05:50 AM

I haven't looked much into the science but luo han guo is commonnly boiled and drunk for health here in Singapore (Asia). I notice the powdered form you use contains maltodextrin. Perhaps you could look around in TCM shops for the dried whole version, unless it doesn't bother you.

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