Chinese monk fruit latest all-natural sweetener to make waves

Excerpt from The Independent

Foods and beverages sweetened with Chinese monk fruit will be hitting US grocery store shelves within the year and could become another all-natural, zero-calorie weapon against obesity and diabetes.

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About 300 times sweeter than sugar, the monk fruit – which looks like a small, green melon – is the latest all-natural sweetener to edge its way into the food and beverage market.

The biggest player making waves currently is stevia, a plant that’s been used in Paraguay and Brazil for hundreds of years for its sweetening and medicinal properties.

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