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Does Monk Fruit Affect Blood Sugar?

Does using monk fruit instead of sugar keep your blood glucose low? Is this good for diabetics?

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.

Blood glucose levels over time after the ingestion of either monk fruit or sucrose. The chart shows insulin spiking after sucrose and lowering slightly after monk fruit.
Fig 1. Blood glucose changes over time after the ingestion of either monk fruit or sucrose

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.

Blood insulin levels over time after the ingestion of either monk fruit or sucrose. The chart shows insulin spiking after sucrose and lowering slightly after monk fruit.
Fig 2. Blood insulin changes over time after the ingestion of either monk fruit or sucrose

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.

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