Stevia and monk fruit the two most popular natural sweeteners that do not contain sugar or calories. They are both often used as alternatives to sugar. But which one is better?

The answer is not necessarily straightforward, as it depends on your personal taste preferences and dietary needs. To help you decide the best option for you, we have compiled a detailed comparison of stevia and monk fruit.

  1. Taste: Stevia and monk fruit have a different taste profile. Some people find that stevia has a slightly licorice-like aftertaste, while others enjoy the taste it offers. Monk fruit, on the other hand, has a sweeter honey-like taste that is often described as being similar to sugar.

  2. Calorie content: Both stevia and monk fruit are low-calorie sweeteners. Stevia is around 300 times sweeter than sugar, so you only need a small amount to sweeten your food or drinks. Monk fruit is around 150-200 times sweeter than sugar, so it is slightly less potent than stevia. However, both stevia and monk fruit are sugar and calorie-free, making them a good choice for people watching their sugar and calorie intake.

  3. Effect on blood sugar: Both stevia and monk fruit have a glycemic index of zero, which means they do not impact insulin or blood sugar levels. This makes both stevia and monk fruit a good choice for people with diabetes or those who are looking to control their blood sugar levels.

  4. Cost: Stevia and monk fruit can both be more expensive than sugar, depending on the brand and form you choose. Stevia extract is generally cheaper than monk fruit, and is also generally more concentrated than monk fruit so you need less of it to sweeten than you would if you were using monk fruit. 

  5. Brand: Stevia and monk fruit extracts have different tastes, strengths, and prices depending on the brand. This is because both stevia and monk fruit are extracted from the plants using different methods of purifying the sweet compounds. One person may not like the taste of stevia from a particular brand, but enjoy it from another brand. At MonkVee, we pride ourselves in the taste of our sweeteners, and we have compared them to other popular brands using blind taste-testing. The taste of our stevia and monk fruit extracts were the top choices on all testing we performed!

In conclusion, both stevia and monk fruit are excellent natural sweetener options that can help you reduce your sugar intake. If taste is important to you, you may prefer monk fruit due to its sweeter honey-like taste. However, both stevia and monk fruit are low-calorie and have zero glycemic index, making them a good choice for people with diabetes or those looking to control their blood sugar levels. Ultimately, the best choice for you will depend on your personal taste preferences, dietary needs, and budget.

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