Well, Stevia and Monk fruit both have been included in a list of 100% natural substitutes of sugar. Both of them are gaining popularity in this hectic world as they work as a perfect sweetener that assists in solving health-related concerns. Though, people are looking for a natural way to sweeten their food and drinks along without any kind of restrictions. Then, they can easily rely on both of them. But, still, a question over here is which one to choose? So let’s do:
Stevia vs. Monk Fruit
Here, we’ll compare the several qualities provided by both of the sweeteners.
According to the FDA, it has been stated that the product which contains less than 5 calories is included in “zero-calorie” or “calorie-free” products. When we have a look at products made from stevia extracts and monk fruit powder, they both satisfy the condition of having less than 5 calories. This is one of the biggest reasons why these sweeteners are gaining more popularity? In this instance, both of these products contain zero calories in them.
Though anyone is switching their sugar with any of these products then of course they will look further for having a better sweetness. While either of them whether it is stevia or monk fruit are extremely sweet. If we talk about their own designated value then it is noted that monk fruit is almost 100-250 times sweeter than sugar besides stevia is almost 200-400 times sweeter. The overall impact of both of them is good and appreciable, but stevia proves itself better over here.
Let me clarify to you at first that the products derived are 100% pure in nature. But at the time of processing, they have been mixed with ingredients like erythritol, molasses, dextrose, etc. Talking individually, according to a study we have decided that stevia leaves comprise fewer ingredients regarding monk fruit. As the requirements of those ingredients are slightly more.
4. Culinary use
Stevia-based sweeteners are very stable in heat even at 400 Celsius temperature while Monk fruit-based sweeteners don’t show that much stability. Further, both of them are even used in cakes and desserts to add a bit of sweetness. They are even used in tea for making it sweet, even a single drop of both of them is capable of making your cup of tea perfectly sweet. The only disadvantage over here is that they cannot be used as a main component to prepare caramel required for baked goods. I would prefer stevia in culinary use as it is stable and sweeter than monk fruit.
Monk fruit has been used for a long period in the history of China. While North Americans showed more interest in Stevia leaves. Well, there is good news that both of the products have been certified by FDA as GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe). Many companies have argued about monk fruit that it is not safe using it as a high-intensity sweetener. Many reports have been submitted to the FDA for the same. Not only this, many companies do claim some negation against stevia that it contains toxicological. But besides all the claims that we have come across it is noted that stevia benefits are worthy.