Two Monk Fruit Sugar Substitutes: Both Orange (But Not Equal)

Screen Shot 2013-03-23 at 10.27.57 AMMy friend Leigh Ann recently sent me the following video about an up and coming sugar substitute that is not only no-calorie but also possibly beneficial to one’s health. The video from a recent episode of Dr. Oz talked of this “new kid on the block” that is hitting shelves of larger supermarkets across the U.S.

Dr. Oz emphasizes that unlike sugar, monk fruit extract has a low glycemic index and does not cause blood sugar to spike (which wreaks havoc with hormones). He also mentioned that recent studies showed that monk fruit extract can stimulate insulin secretion, which is especially beneficial to diabetics.

One monk fruit sweetener that received Dr. Oz’s stamp of approval is Monk Fruit To Go. Now available at Wal-Mart, it can be easily recognized in the sweetener aisle by its orange packaging. But another “monk fruit sweetener,” also in orange packaging, is being sold alongside Monk Fruit To Go but may not be as good a product. Wanting to stay sugar substitute savvy, I did a little research and have concluded that Monk Fruit To Go is the best, most natural choice.

Nectresse is a version of monk fruit sweetener made and marketed by Splenda, but compared to Monk Fruit To Go, appears to fall short. The nutrition facts for Monk Fruit To Go show that monk fruit is the primary ingredient, listed second only to water. Nectresse, on the other hand, is a combination of monk fruit and several other sugars and, according to a report in, may not be so natural after all.

The article points out that the first and most abundant ingredient in Nectresse is actually erythritol (a sugar alcohol commonly derived from corn) …. and that the second ingredient is a refined form of sugar most likely from sugar beets. Monk fruit extract is actually listed 3rd on the ingredients list, followed by another sugar additive, molasses, in 4th place.

Dr. Oz recommends choosing a  “pure monk fruit sweetener with no added sugar alcohols,” which would naturally point away from nectresse and toward Monk Fruit To Go.

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