This fruit is naturally sweet without sucrose/glucose, making it a perfect natural sugar substitute (~250 x's sweeter than sugar). Luohanguo has been used as a medicinal herb for treating dry, persistent cough and sore throat.* Healthline notes a few studied benefits, including a safe alternative to sugar for diabetes, supports weight loss as a calorie-free sweetener, and it has anti-inflammatory effects that might account for it's use for sore throat and dry cough in Traditional Chinese Medicine.*
In Southern China, it is popularly considered to be a longevity herb for its nourishing properties. It is especially moistening and protective to the lungs and large intestines. These are the same uses as listed for Jiaogulan, and both herbs contain somewhat similar antioxidant compounds. This is a great tea to drink if one is trying to avoid sugars due to metabolic disorders such as diabetes. Tested free of pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides by Environmental Micro Analysis Inc., Woodland, California.
The Food and Drug Administration has deemed monk fruit “generally recognized as safe (GRAS)” for everyone, including pregnant women and children.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.