Is Monk Fruit Safe for Fatty Liver? Can you use Monk Fruit as a sugar substitute in your NAFLD diet? Let’s take a moment to understand this fatty liver sugar substitute a bit better.
As some of you may already know, Monk Fruit is a small melon that is native to China and Thailand. Since it is extremely difficult to grow and care for, it is almost impossible to find in other geographies. It also spoils quickly so exporting and importing monk fruit itself is tricky. Hence, there is a good chance that you will likely not be able to actually procure Monk Fruit where you are located. So, this article will focus on what you can actually get in a store: Monk Fruit powder.
Monk Fruit may also be available in a juice form where you are located, however, I have not tried it myself and I need to do more research before I can comment on the juice form of Monk Fruit.
Let me start by answering the question we started this discussion with – In my opinion, Monkfruit powder is the best alternative to sugar. It sits on top of other Fatty Liver Sugar substitutes such as Stevia [#link] and Erythritol [#link] because it has zero carbs, zero sugar, and no aftertaste. It is known to reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels in the body and there is no real restriction on how much you can take. However, since it is sweeter than sugar, smaller amounts will give you enough sweetness.
Very few people can discern that the taste is different from that of sugar, however, in my experience this difference is negligible and one can easily get used to the new taste without a problem.
There are other NAFLD friendly sugar alternatives to white sugar, however if you were to choose only one, choose Monk Fruit!
There are some limitations though – In my experience, Monk Sugar doesn’t do that great when baking treats. This is probably because monk fruit powder does not mix/melt at the same temperatures as sugar. I do hope that you are using Fatty Liver friendly ingredients for baking treats for yourself and keeping a closer eye on the overall carb content in the treat. If you have figured out a better way to bake with monk fruit sugar, I would love to hear from you!
In tea, coffee, and other beverages (Lemonade! ) – monk fruit works like a charm. In fact, after discovering monk fruit I have almost stopped using Stevia [#link] or Erythritol [#link] in my Fatty Liver diet.
Monk Fruit Powder Availability
One challenge is the price and availability of the monk fruit powder where you are located:
- You may not be able to find Monk Fruit powder because the location hasn’t caught up to the latest trends.
- You may find Monk Fruit to be expensive and cost-prohibitive for you
- Your local markets may have a different form of Monk fruit (juice) – that may not be as useful as the powder
- Instead of pure monk fruit, you may find a combination of Monk Fruit and Erythritol – this is generally safe to consume
In general, if monk fruit is not available or is beyond your budget, try the other fatty liver sugar substitutes.
Which Monk fruit brands to buy?
I recommend these three brands of Monk Fruit (affiliate links) that I have tried myself. These include both pure Monk fruit and a combination of Monk Fruit and Erythritol:
- Lakanto Golden Monk Fruit Sweetener (My favorite, but not always available easily)
- Purisure Organic Monk Fruit Extract Powder (No Erythritol)
- It’s Just – 100% Monkfruit Extract Powder
Conclusion – Monk Fruit & NAFLD
As I have said before, the NAFLD diet doesn’t mean the end of enjoying sweet food! There are liver-friendly alternatives for most things including sugar. We are in this together and we will beat it! Monkfruit will help!
Verdict: Monk fruit is NAFLD Safe! Go for it!
I would love to hear your feedback!
What has your experience with Monk Fruit been? Please let me know.