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The addition of monk fruit extract acts as a natural flavor enhancer to mask the off-notes associated with stevia, the firm says.
By combining natural sweeteners stevia, monk fruit, and erythritol, Steviva Ingredients (Portland, OR) is now offering what it says is a natural, low-calorie sweetener with a mouthfeel similar to sugar.
MonkSweet Plus features the company’s SteviaSweet 95-60, monk fruit extract (lo han guo; pictured), and Erysweet erythritol. “Calorie-free SteviaSweet 95-60 delivers 250 times the sweetness of sucrose, while Erysweet erythritol not only restores necessary bulk but also tempers that sweetness of stevia and provides a mild cooling effect. The addition of monk fruit extract contributes additional sweetness and also acts as a natural flavor enhancer to mask the off-notes associated with stevia and other ingredients in a formulation,” the company explained via press release.
The ingredient can be used as a 1:2 replacer for sucrose or high-fructose corn syrup in order to lower calorie counts, the company added; in fact, it works well in formulation with other sweeteners. It is suited for beverages, sauces, and baked goods.
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