September 21, 2011

Monk Fruit Natural Sweetener (Luo Han Guo 羅漢果)

Monk Fruit (Luo Han Guo 羅漢果)  is a sweet, herbal alternative to traditional sugar that is safe for diabetes. It is 250 times sweeter than cane sugar. Monk fruit can moisten dry lungs and stop dry or heated coughing. Indications include dry cough with or without sputum.  The sputum may be scanty, blood-streaked and/or difficult to expectorate.  Other symptoms may include dry throat and tongue. Monk Fruit is also ideal to use in the summer as it cools the body & relieves thirst.  In Asia it is often used to sweeten drinks and used as a daily beverage in the summer.  In can be decocted alone with water, then the fruit is removed and the liquid can me mixed with other flavors to make various beverages.

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