Our experience with
lo han guo
We use lo han guo to sweeten teas. It is low-calorie, has a fruity sweetness, and I would recommend it as an alternative to sugar and artificial sweeteners. It's great that we now have two low or no-calorie alternatives to traditional sweeteners: stevia and Lo han guo. We prefer stevia sweetener since it is a much more potent sweetener.
Lo Han Sweet
Lo Han Kuo is the fruit of Momordica grosvenori, a plant cultivated in the mountains of southern China. Mogrosides, which are water extracted from the Lo Han fruit, offer a pleasant, sweet taste without elevating blood sugar. Lo Han Kuo Mogrosides are up to 250x sweeter than sugar.
Xylitol, a naturally occurring polyol, is sweet with a distinct cooling sensation in the mouth. Xylitol is metabolized differently from a conventional sugar and does not cause or contribute to tooth decay. Xylitol is as sweet as sugar, having 40% less calories.
Inulin-FOS ( FructoOligoSaccharide ) is a soluble fiber and promotes beneficial
intestinal bacterial growth.
Lo Han Sweet advantages:
• Low Glycemic Index: Does not cause extreme fluctuations in blood sugar.
• Heat Stable: Very stable under high temperature, and can be added to both hot as well as cold foods. Suitable for cooking and baking.
• Low Calorie: 2 calories per serving of 2 g (about 1/2 teaspoon).
One serving of Lo han kuo Lo Han Sweet equals approximately 24 grams of sugar in sweetness, with only 2% of the calories.
Lo han Guo Nutrition Facts
Serving size 2 scoops (2g)
Total Fat 0 g
Sodium 0 mg
Total Carbohydrate 2 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Usage: Use Lo Han Sweet - Lo han kuo to enhance taste in place of high-calorie sugars. Mix with tea, coffee, or other beverages, desserts and foods to sweeten as desired.
Active Ingredients: Xylitol and Lo Han Kuo (Momordica grosvenori, or Siraitia grosvenorri).
Inactive Ingredients: Inulin-FOS (FructoOligoSaccharide) and silicon dioxide.
Lo han guo is a very sweet fruit found in China. Extracts of lo han guo (also spelled Lo han kuo or lo han kuo) are now being marketed as a sweetener.
Momordica grosvenorii, Siraitia grosvenorii, Luo-han-guo study
Isolation and characterization of a new ribosome inactivating protein, momorgrosvin, from seeds of the monk's fruit Momordica grosvenorii.
Life Sci. 2001. Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin.
Momorgrosvin, a single-chained glycoprotein was isolated from the seeds of Momordica grosvenorii (Family Cucurbitaceae). The sequence of the first eighteen N-terminal amino acid residues of momorgrosvin exhibited homology to those of RIPs from other Momordica species. Momorgrosvin inhibited protein synthesis in the rabbit reticulocyte lysate system and displayed RNA N-glycosidase activity.
Lo Han Guo
For those who do not want to trigger their insulin and who are watching their weight, is Lo Han Gao considered a good sugar alternative?
Thus far it appears to be a good choice, along with stevia natural sweetener with no calories.