Natural Sweetener LoHan

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2013-03-05 02:19:59 -0600
Started 2010-04-29 14:14:41 -0500

I was reading a magazine and found there is a new sweetener that comes from the Chinese Monk fruit. It is supposed to not have the bitter aftertaste of stevia and is a zero calorie sweetener.
Have any of you heard of it or used it?

27 replies

Dot Dot Grandma
Dot Dot Grandma 2013-03-04 18:47:31 -0600 Report

No but I have used Whey Low, and it taste just like sugar. Here is the web site check it out. I know it sounds crazie. But I don't use any other kind of sugar. My husband is not diabetic, tried a pie baked with it and could not tell the difference. I don't use a lot of sugar anyway. You sue it just like regular sugar when cooking and in ice tea is great. I don't drink juices, I don't drink diet drinks, Coffee black or just a little bit of 1/2 & 1/2 or milk, no artifical creamer. If I want a flavor I just use regular flavorings that are used for baking like almond, vinilla, hazelnut.

jayabee52 2013-03-05 02:19:59 -0600 Report

I have used the WheyLow myself with my 2nd wife while she was living. She could not stomach artificial sweeteners at all but this she was able to enjoy This.

Unfortunately she passed on in July 2010 and I was left with about 15 lbs of it.
I usually don't drink coffee or tea or anything needing sweetening, due to me needing dialysis again.

Tracisom 2011-03-20 01:38:31 -0500 Report

My stepdad is diabetic (diet & pill controlled), and when he found out, my mom made many changes to all of our diets (I am a grown woman with children living with my parents). My kids don't eat or drink a lot of sweets because of it, which is great. We've been using Truvia since it came out. My mom tried to get me to use Splenda before that, and it was ok, but I like the Truvia better. I hadn't heard about the LoHan yet, so I'm going to pass that by my mom (my kids are older teens, no child worries there). She also uses the Diabetasweet for cooking. I think my stepdad's diabetes has made us all healthier in many ways. Adult onset diabetes ran on my real dad's side of the family, so I have to watch out anyway, because sometimes I border on the possibility of becoming full-blown, and I don't want to take too many chances. I'm ready to try anything once! I'm sure my mom will see about the LoHan if I mention it.

Erie910 2011-03-19 21:55:27 -0500 Report

Xylitol is available in some grocery stores under the brand name, "Ideal." It's okay, but not as sweet as others, including my preferred cyclamate and acsulfame potassium.

bobfried 2011-03-19 10:17:42 -0500 Report

Xylitol is deadly poisonous to dogs.

jayabee52 2011-03-19 14:03:58 -0500 Report

so is too much regular chocolate. And your point is . . . . what exactly?

bobfried 2011-03-19 16:27:59 -0500 Report

My point is to exercise caution. If you use this stuff, which contains Xylitol, it is prudent to make sure that your dogs don't get it. Certain chocolates, like baking chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate contain high concentrations of theobromine which is also poisonous to dogs. It makes sense to be aware of both of these if you own dogs. But this thread is about Lo Han Sweet, thus my warning about Xylitol.

jayabee52 2011-03-19 17:04:10 -0500 Report

thank you. I had read SkipT's post a while ago, but didn't remember that the product had xylitol in it. I also note it shouldn't be given to children either.

jayabee52 2011-03-19 18:45:55 -0500 Report

nope just parroting what SkipT wrote below. and I 'm not going to worry about it. No kids or dogs at my residence but then again I also use little, very little sweeteners at all.

melaniebecerra 2011-03-19 23:03:17 -0500 Report

what do you use? i personally dont use sweet and low or any with saccacrine in it but my personal favorite is splenda but of course expensive…

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-06-01 03:21:08 -0500 Report

I like the taste of splenda best. I even keep some in my purse when we go out to eat to use in my tea in case the resturant doesn't have it.

eristar 2011-06-01 07:01:39 -0500 Report

I prefer Splenda, as well - and so many places do not offer it with their sweeteners. I keep it in my "sugar" jar at home for coffee, and just recently decided that I should carry a couple of packets out with me, too!

jayabee52 2011-03-20 17:23:17 -0500 Report

I had used SweetNLow when I was using anything at all.

But now I usually just drink water, or decaf ice tea without a sweetener.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-06-03 01:59:58 -0500 Report

I'm trying to cut back on sweetner but it isn't as easy for me as it was quitting smoking. I really am trying though, even if I get water with lemon I make it into lemon aide with splenda. LOL.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-06-05 12:31:34 -0500 Report

Your right granniesophie. It seams that everything is bad for you these days. Even the food we buy they say has been grown and handled bad. There are studies on every thing, even studies on studies. I would like that job. I plan on growing my own garden next year. Then I'll know all about what I eat at least.

Healer1 2011-01-05 22:54:45 -0600 Report

I have been using it for about 4 months now and it is better tasting than Stevia to me. Stevia has a bitter aftertaste and I have tried all forms of it. But Lo Han is just sweet and I only use a small amount 1/2 - 3/4 of the small scoop it comes with. I have not tried baking with it. I have not experienced any problem with it likes the sugar alcohols have (diarrhea). I buy it for a resonable price through Swanson's online. I have not seen it anywhere else. Just sweet taste and no bitter aftertaste.
Does not affect my blood sugars adversely.

SkipT 2010-04-29 17:52:42 -0500 Report

Tracked down this information:(Please note the warning to keep out of the reach of children!)

Lo Han Sweet

Lo Han Kuo is the fruit of Momordica grosvenorii, a plant cultivated in the mountains of southern China. Mogrosides, which are water extracted from the Lo Han fruit, offer a pleasant and sweet taste, without elevating blood sugar. Lo Han Kuo Mogrosides are up to 250x sweeter than sugar.

Xylitol is a sweet tasting, naturally occurring polyol that a has distinct cooling sensation in the mouth. Xylitol is metabolized differently from conventional sugar and helps protect dental health by assisting to maintain a balance of oral beneficial flora. Xylitol is as sweet as sugar, having 40% less calories.

Inulin-FOS (FructoOligoSaccharide) is a soluble fiber and promotes beneficial intestinal bacterial growth.

Lo Han Sweet advantages:
* Low Glycemic Index: Does not cause extreme fluctuations in blood sugar.
* Heat Stable: Very stable under high temperature, and can be added to both hot as well as cold foods. Suitable for cooking and baking.
*Low Calorie: 2 calories per serving of 2 g (abo
The Inside Scoop:
One serving of Lo Han Sweet equals approximately 24 grams of sugar in sweetness, with only 4% of the calories.

Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size (scoop) 2
Servings Per 40
Calories 2
Total Fat (g) 0
Sodium (mg) 0
Total Carbs (g) 2
Dietary Fiber (g) 1
Sugars (g) 0
Proteins (g) 0

Ingredient Details:
Active Ingredients: Xylitol and Lo Han Kuo (Momordica grosvenorii), MogroPure (M. grosvenori, Lo Han Extract). Inactive Ingredients: Inulin-FOS (FructoOligroSaccharide) and silicon dioxide.

Suggested Use:
Use Lo Han Sweet to enhance taste in place of high-calorie sugars.Mix with tea, coffee or other beverages, desserts and foods to sweeten as desired.

Keep out of the reach of children. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

GabbyPA 2010-04-29 20:41:13 -0500 Report

Have you used it?

SkipT 2010-04-30 02:28:04 -0500 Report

No, I am strictly a stevia person. No carbs, no calories, no side effects and no BG problems.

GabbyPA 2010-04-30 09:59:17 -0500 Report

I like stevia too and that is all we have for alternative sweeteners. I still have family that uses sugar, but I try to have them use raw sugar. They don't use it too much, so it is not a real problem in the house.

Harlen 2010-04-29 14:30:02 -0500 Report

yep but havent tried it yet but looking for it.If I get it befor you I will let you know what its like
best wishes