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Luo Han Guo Extract 7% Powder (1 oz)

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Luo Han Guo, also known as monk fruit, is a rare fruit that is gaining popularity as a sugar substitute. Monk fruit contains sweet substances called mogrosides. Mogrosides are naturally much sweeter than sugar, but are non caloric and do not affect blood sugar levels. This makes Luo Han Guo a great alternative for those looking for a healthy sugar substitute. Besides and an incredibly sweet taste, the mogrosides are also responsible for the health benefits associated with this fruit. This Luo han guo extract contains 7% mogrosides.

Luo Han Guo is a cousin of the cucumber, and a member of the gourd family of fruits. It's a round and smooth, dusty green-brown fruit that is covered with fine soft hairs, and a hard but thin shell. The fruit is used only after it is dried, and can be processed into a powder that is naturally rich in mogrosides. It is known to have a positive effect on blood glucose and helps to ease damaged pancreatic cells. Long used to reduce coughs and fevers, additional health benefits of this unique fruit are constantly being found.

Luo Han Guo extract is an incredibly exciting and totally unique new sweetener that provides benefits no other sweeteners can! Unlike sugar, Equal, Sweet'N Low, and other common sweeteners, Luo Han Guo extract does not elevate insulin levels, raise cholesterol, or stimulate fat storage. Made from natural Lo Han fruit, Luo Han Guo extract has been clinically proven to speed up the fat burning process without stimulating insulin production. Luo Han Guo extract is completely natural and safe for diabetics, children, hypoglycemics, and anyone who wants to significantly improve their diet!

Some possible benefits of our Luo Han Guo Extract Powder may include:

● Non glycemic - does not raise blood sugar levels
● Under investigation as potential tumor inhibitor
● Strong antioxidant properties
● Speeds up the fat burning process
● Promoting heart health
● Does not stimulate insulin production or fat storage
● Improving digestive


This Luo han guo extract powder is standardized to contain at least 7% mogrosides.

Suggested Use: Mix 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon with recipes, tea, yogurt or add to your favorite smoothie. Three teaspoons of our luo han guo powder is equal to about one cup of sugar.

Botanical Name: Siraitia grosvenorii (formerly called Momordica grosvenori)

Ingredients: Luo Han Guo extract and non-GMO tapioca maltodextrin derived from yuca root*.

*This product contains a small amount of tapioca maltodextrin, which is a starch made from organically grown non-GMO yuca root (cassava root). This starch acts as a drying agent and is necessary to keep this powder from clumping into hard chunks or one solid brick.

For more information about tapioca starch derived from cassava root (yuca root) click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cassava

Other Names: Lohanguo, Luohanguo, Lo han guo, lo han kuo, luo han guo, lor hon kor, ge si wei ruo guo, ra kan ka, monk fruit, arhat fruit, momordica fruit, Momordicae grosvenori fructus, longevity fruit, magic fruit

Origin: China

Z Natural Foods strives to offer the highest quality organically grown, raw, vegan, gluten free, non-GMO products available and exclusively uses low temperature drying techniques to preserve all the vital enzymes and nutrients. Our Luo Han Guo Extract Powder passes our strict quality assurance which includes testing for botanical identity, heavy metals, chemicals and microbiological contaminants. ZNaturalFoods.com offers Luo Han Guo Extract Powder packaged in airtight stand-up, resealable foil pouches for optimum freshness. Once opened, just push the air out of the pouch before resealing it in order to preserve maximum potency. Keep your Luo Han Guo Extract Powder in a cool, dark, dry place.

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