Frequently Asked Questions
Monk Fruit Facts
WHAT IS MONK FRUIT?
Monk fruit isn't your typical fruit because it's actually a member of the gourd family. This unique fruit is round, greenish-brown in color, and grows on perennial vines. Monk fruit is not too well known because it is only grown in the remote highland mountains of Asia.
WHO DISCOVERED MONK FRUIT?
A sect of Buddhist monks, known as the Louhan have been cultivating luo han guo (also known as monk fruit) for eight centuries. The monks called it "The Immortals Fruit" because they found that by using it to sweeten teas and elixirs, they had an abundance of energy and lived longer and healthier lives. Although monk fruit has been used for centuries, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and FSSAI also approved it as a sweetener.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MONK FRUIT?
Unlike most fruits whose sweetness comes from fructose and glucose, monk fruit's sweetness comes from antioxidants called mogrosides. Monk fruit is the best natural sugar substitute because it has zero calories, zero carbs, zero side effects, and it won’t raise blood glucose levels.
WHAT IS ERYTHRITOL?
Erythritol is a sugar alcohol naturally found in grapes, pears, mushrooms, soy sauce, cheese, wine, and beer. It has been part of the human diet for thousands of years.
Erythritol is different than and much better than sugar alcohols because it is made from non-GMO corn which has been fermented.
Erythritol causes less digestive stress than other sugar alcohols because it is absorbed into the bloodstream and excreted in the urine, instead of going through the colon for excretion.
There are zero calories in erythritol because its molecular structure allows the body to absorb it but not break it down or in other words metabolize it.
IS LAKANTO ORGANIC?
Although we are not currently pursuing organic certification on our products, it is our top priority to make sure there are no pesticides used in the production of Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener. We work closely with our growers and suppliers to ensure growing conditions meet Lakanto's high standards.
DO YOUR PRODUCTS CONTAIN GLUTEN?
None of Lakanto's products contain gluten. We do not put the Gluten-Free Certified seal on all of our products because they are inherently gluten-free (i.e. monk fruit, syrup, chocolate).
ARE LAKANTO PRODUCTS ALLERGEN-FREE?
Lakanto products are free of:
WHAT ARE THE NATURAL FLAVORS?
Lakanto uses the following natural flavors in our products: licorice, vanilla, and citrus. Our proprietary, plant-based formula is MSG and soy-free.
IS LAKANTO® SAFE FOR PEOPLE WITH CORN INTOLERANCE?
Lakanto® is safe for people with corn intolerance, sensitivities, or allergies because it does not contain corn proteins that can trigger allergic reactions. 100% of corn protein is eliminated during the fermentation process used to create erythritol. For specific health concerns, we recommend you contact your primary practicioner.
ARE LAKANTO PRODUCTS NON-GMO?
Lakanto products do not contain genetically engineered ingredients. The Non-GMO seal appears on the majority of our products. If you do not see the Non-GMO seal on the product's packaging, that means that it is still going through the verification process.
WHAT IS THE PERCENTAGE OF MONK FRUIT TO ERYTHRITOL IN LAKANTO SWEETENERS?
While we will not be able to provide our exact percentage ratio, as this is a proprietary formulation, please consider the following information:
Erythritol has a sweetness strength of 60-70% of sugar.
Monk fruit is 250-300 times sweeter than sugar.
The monk fruit in Lakanto Classic and Golden sweeteners constitutes about 30-40% of the sweetness.
Returns and Shipping
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Lakanto’s No-Risk 100% Satisfaction Guarantee is simple. Any customer who has purchased from us directly here or on Amazon and is not completely satisfied with the product or purchase experience will receive a full product refund. To claim a refund, simply contact us within 30 days of receipt of product. Please keep in mind that this applies to products only and does not include shipping costs.
WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY REFUND?
Refund Requests are processed daily by Lakanto. Just remember that your bank may not be quite as quick as we are. Give them 2-5 business days to catch up.
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