What is Monk Fruit - And Why Could It Be Important To Baking?

Luo Han Guo - Monk fruit
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 Monk fruit, or 'luo han guo' is up to 100 to 300 times sweeter than sugar. It is well known and used in China, and has been used as a sugar substitute there as well as a cure to many different ailments.

The company Layn has created Lovia(tm), which is a mixture of stevia and luo han guo. The combination is less bitter than stevia alone, but with all the benefits of being a sugar replacement.

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