Then you arrive to work, continuously trying to rub the sleepiness out of your dozy eyes. Walking through the entrance, you begin to dread sitting at your desk– starring at your computer screen for the next eight hours. But hey, you have a job and your family has everything they could ever need due to your hard work.
Two hours in, you take your first break and step into the break-room with your fellow colleagues. A sweet scent of dark roasted coffee begins to linger in your nostrils and you are quick to pick up the closest mug to you.
As you pour coffee into your mug, the scent only gets stronger–you become a little eager to savor this much needed cup of joe. But wait a minute, something is different–the bright yellow colored box of Splenda is gone.
Not only that–it has been replaced with a new brand you have never seen before. It really is not that big of a deal but in the back of your thoughts, you begin to wonder how big the difference will be. Will it meet the high expectations your favorite sweetener for years has set? Will I even notice the difference? This new brand is more natural after all. It is however from the makers of Splenda.
So you tell yourself; “oh, what the hell? I’ll give it a try”. As your coffee begins to touch your taste buds– you can’t help but be astonished by the amazing taste! Your gut did not let you down on this one. What is this stuff anyway? Nectresse? And it’s derived from…monk fruit? What the…?
Give me a chance to answer all your questions my dear friend. With all this hype about being more health conscious, Splenda has decided to introduce an alternative to artificial sweeteners. Nectresse is a NATURAL sweetener that contains Monk Fruit extract.
Records show that monk fruit has been around as early as 1813. It is mainly found in Asia and it is most commonly known for its sweetness which is used for sweetener and medicinal purposes. Monk fruit became generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the FDA in 2009. There have been no reported cases of negative effects using monk fruit up to this day.
Mogrocides, which make up about 1% of the flesh of the fresh fruit–are mainly responsible for providing the sweet taste of monk fruit. Recent studies have shown that isolated mogrocides contain antioxidant properties and could possibly have limited anticancer effects.
Another great ingredient in Nectresse is Erythritol. This ingredient is a sugar alcohol which occurs naturally in fruit and is safe for diabetics to consume. Reason being, erythritol does not cause digestive issues like other sugar alcohols.
Nectresse itself is granulated like regular sugar and has a very similar taste even when it is consumed by itself. Some individuals who have tried Nectresse claim it to have a slight after taste but opinions may vary.
I personally didn’t see a massive difference when trying Nectresse. I did however notice that I didn’t need to use more than one small packet to reach an ideal level of sweetness in my cup of joe–like I usually would with other artificial sweeteners on the market. Another cool detail (at least in my eyes) about Nectresse, is that every individual packet contains a fun fact about monk fruit and the product itself. Anyone who gets to enjoy this amazing new product also gets a nice kickstart to their day by exercising their noggin as soon as they wake up.
So there you have it! Nectresse is a fabulous alternative to artificial sweeteners for all the health nuts out there or anyone trying to cut calories from their day. With that being said, I strongly encourage everyone to pick up a box of Nectresse and give it a go. You have nothing to lose but calories!
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