Apparently when it comes to eating and eating for pleasure and satisfaction, Americans like to eat a lot – all the time!
Keep that in mind some very clever food manufacturers are making it possible for Americans (and whoever else will eat those foods!) to eat a lot but keep the calorie count very, very low.
Sometimes, when you eat ice cream you want to eat the whole damn pint! Imagine reaching the end of that container and reading, only “150 calories per pint?” Yes, for the entire one pint serving…
Ice cream manufacturer Arctic Zero is making it possible for ice cream lovers to do just that and without the guilt. They say that they use the fruit of the Chinese fruit luo han guoto sweeten their frozen treats.
Also known as monk fruit, (luo han guo or luo han kuo) the Asian gourd from China is touted to be 150 times sweeter than sugar.
Luo han guo is also being used as a low calorie, low glycemic sweetener, to rival Stevia and Xyletol. Yet there are still some concerns from consumers who fear that Chinese food products have been exposed for contamination.
The companies who are importing the luo han guo say that they are rigorously testing the product both before it leaves China and once it arrives at the manufacturing facility in the United States – saying that the product is pure and often organic as well!
Luo han guo is not cheap however. A slightly under three ounce container will set you back around $6 on sale, but closer to $10 normally, but distributors of the sweetener are saying you only need to use a fifth of a teaspoon, plus there is shipping and handling charges unless you make the minimum purchase requirement to get free shipping of course…
But wait a minute, something isn’t computing right – it’s 150 times sweeter than sugar but you still have to use as much as a fifth of a teaspoon? A lot of dilution is going on somewhere in the manufacturing of the sweetener…
One teaspoon of luo han guo should be as good as 150 teaspoons of sugar, right? But the thought of a whole pint of ice cream being only 150 calories is very tempting indeed.