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Love sugar? You're not alone. According to the American Heart Association, the average American consumes 19.5 teaspoons of sugar each day. The AHA recommends a maximum daily sugar intake of 9 teaspoons for men and 6 teaspoons for women. Too much sugar can cause weight gain, acne, diabetes, heart disease, tooth decay, and a host of other health problems.
If you're struggling to kick your sugar addiction (and its negative consequences), monk fruit may be your new best friend.
Monk fruit has been around for decades, but it's only recently begun getting popular. The fruit grown in Southeast Asia is around 150 to 200 times sweeter than sugar, but it gives you that sweetness naturally and without any calories. It also contains antioxidants that can be beneficial to your health.
Companies have taken note of this sweet, sugar-free product. You can now find monk fruit in hundreds of products, including yogurt, ice cream, coffee creamer, lemonade, and more. And its ubiquity keeps growing.
Swoon just launched its bottled zero-sugar simple syrup made from monk fruit, allowing people to use the syrup in place of sugar in all of their favorite products. One teaspoon of Swoon's simple syrup is equivalent to one sugar packet.
This syrup has already earned a place at popular restaurants, bars, and markets in major cities, such as Eleven Madison Park and Thomas Keller's TAK Room in New York City and Erewhon and Alfred Tea Room in Los Angeles.
In other words, even big names in the food and drink industry and turning to monk fruit to sweeten their culinary creations. If that's any indication, the monk fruit trend will only keep growing. And it just might keep you from buying that candy bar at the grocery store.
Buy it! Swoon Zero Sugar Simple Syrup, $12; amazon.com