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Monk fruit (Siraitia grosvenorii), also known as Buddha fruit, or arhat fruit (Simplified Chinese: 罗汉果 ; Traditional Chinese: 羅漢果; Pinyin: luó hàn guǒ; Cantonese:lo4 hon3 gwo2), is the fruit of a vine native to Guangxi province is southern China. Monk fruit is 150 to 200 times sweeter than sugar  and has been used as a natural low calorie sweetener in China and Japan for centuries. New Zealand company, BioVittoria is marketing monk fruit sweetener to food and beverage companies in the US , where it has been given GRAS (generally recognised as safe) status. It is not as yet approved for use in Europe 
As with many foodstuffs in China, it also has an important role in traditional Chinese medicine .
- ↑ "Monk Fruit: A Natural Alternative To Sweeteners". http://www.monkfruit.org/monk-fruit-natural-alternative-to-sweeteners?gclid=CKLyu-Sqq6wCFY1S4god4FZd1g. Retrieved November 10, 2011.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Elaine Watson (April 8, 2011). "Monk fruit sweetener starts to attract big guns in US food market". http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/Business/Monk-fruit-sweetener-starts-to-attract-big-guns-in-US-food-market. Retrieved November 10, 2011.
- ↑ "Luo Han Guo Herbal Tea (罗汉果凉茶)". http://www.noobcook.com/luo-han-guo-herbal-tea/. Retrieved November 10, 2011.
- ↑ "Watercress Soup with Luo Han Guo". http://www.noobcook.com/watercress-soup-with-luo-han-guo/. Retrieved November 10, 20111.
- ↑ "Luo Han Guo". http://www.drugs.com/npp/luo-han-guo.html#ref5. Retrieved November 10, 2011.