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Mar 21, 2019
There are many different artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols that we allow on the ketogenic diet, but there wasn't a honey-flavored one until now. The Dietary Treatment Program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia would like to introduce families to monk fruit extract.
The honey-flavored liquid sweetener comes from monk fruit, a small green gourd that resembles a melon. The fruit, which originates from southeast Asia, was originally used by Buddhist monks in the 13th century to make medicinal teas, hence the fruit’s name.
Monk fruit extract is a naturally derived zero calorie sweetener with a sweetness rating of 150 to 200 times greater than sugar, therefore you only need 1-2 drops per recipe. Monk fruit extract is very similar to liquid stevia with its small dropper bottle, strong sweetening effects, and naturally derived properties.
There are many brands with varying nutrition labels, so to avoid error we are recommending one specific product: Now Real Foods® liquid monk fruit drops. The product can be purchased online or selected grocery stores.
Follow these steps to prepare for treatment in our Dietary Treatment Program.
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