Monk fruit doesn’t raise blood sugar
Monk fruit extract and monk fruit sweeteners made with erythritol do no affect blood sugar.
If you’re diabetic or on a ketogenic diet it’s important to avoid foods that will raise your blood sugar. If your blood sugar remains high it can chronically raise your insulin and cause diseases from cancer to coronary artery disease to obesity.
Blood glucose levels
The following chart from this study shows the difference in blood levels when either sucrose or monk fruit is consumed. In order to give a fair comparison the sweetness level of the monk fruit was matched to the sucrose sweetness level.
Blood sugar lowers slightly when monk fruit is consumed and spikes when sucrose is consumed. Thirty minutes after sugar consumption blood sugar starts to lower as the body releases insulin to ferry the glucose into the cells.
If you’re a diabetic this is a very reassuring chart. It shows that you can have sweetness from monk fruit and not raise your blood glucose levels.
Blood insulin levels
Insulin spikes when the body ingests sugar. This chart shows that insulin is kept high between 30 and 40 minutes after the sugar drink.
When monk fruit is consumed instead your insulin lowers slightly instead of spiking.
Keeping low insulin is very important to your long term health. Monk fruit sweeteners can be a tool you can use to reduce your sugar consumption, lower your insulin and lead a healthier life.