The majority of sugar substitutes on the market are pretty much just a powdery concoction of chemicals. YUM! If chemicals don’t sound tasty to you, there are some natural options you can try like stevia and monk fruit.
You may have heard of stevia since it has been stocked in major grocery stores for several years now. But if you are anything like me, you might be thinking, “What the heck is monk fruit?”
I attended a conference last week along with about 100 other health and wellness gurus. The only type of sweetener available at the coffee/tea station was stevia which, to tell you the truth, I am not crazy about.
The only way I can describe the taste of stevia is “chemically.” Not everyone has the same experience and according to my sister (a reformed Splenda addict), the chemically taste goes away if you keep using it. I personally haven’t been able to make it past 2 days in my morning coffee before quitting but she swears the bad taste goes away after a week or two.
After sharing my opinion of stevia with fellow attendee and health nut Dr. Shiroko Sokitch she said, “I don’t like stevia either! That’s why I use monk fruit now.”
I immediately knew a taste test had to happen!
What is Monk Fruit?
Until recently, monk fruit was only grown in small family run orchards, so there weren’t enough around to sell to everyday consumers. Now there are more and more farms popping up. It is believed the fruit is named after the Buddhist monks who first grew them 800 years ago. That is when their ability to sweeten was discovered.
What is Stevia?
Stevia is a plant native to southern China and northern Thailand where it has been used as a sweetener for hundreds of years. The “sweetness” is found in the leaves of the stevia plant. This is why it is sometimes called sweet leaf.
So Which One is Better?
I feel a little bad because this taste test ended pretty uneventfully… I didn’t really like either of them!
For starters, neither one of these products are organic or RAW! And both contain added dextrose. For some reason I didn’t read the ingredients list on either package (which I never do!) I think because I bought them from Wholefoods and sugar in the raw is pure I just assumed these two products would be too.
Welp… I was wrong! Not sure why I thought they were organic. I can only blame myself for that one!
Aside from the fact neither sweetener was pure or raw neither one tasted very good either. I was hoping monk fruit would taste better than stevia but it tasted almost exactly the same.
I tried both in coffee. When I took my first sip of the monk fruit coffee I got excited because I thought it tasted better. But by the second sip I was certain that it did not taste better. So monk fruit might have a slightly less chemically taste but it is only slight.
With that said, I am going to have to do this taste test again with an organic brand that doesn’t contain additives.
Sorry I didn’t have better news!! Until next time!