Monk fruit extract is a natural sweetener derived from the monk fruit, also known as luo han guo, which is native to Southeast Asia. It is significantly sweeter than sugar but contains no calories or carbohydrates, making it a popular alternative sweetener in many products, including protein powders.
In protein powders, monk fruit extract is often added as a sweetener to enhance the taste without adding extra calories or carbohydrates. It is also used in other food and beverage products as a sugar substitute for individuals who are trying to reduce their sugar intake.
Monk fruit extract is generally considered safe when consumed in recommended amounts.