Frequently Asked Questions
We try to answer your questions in advance, but feel free to get in touch if you don't find the answers you're looking for!
Is monk fruit safe?
Monk fruit has the same government safety rating as flour, eggs, and milk. For more information about monk fruit and the benefits of adding it to your diet, see our Ingredients page.
Can I bake with Spoonable Monk Fruit?
Sweet Cheat Spoonable Monk Fruit works to replace the sweetness of sugar. Sugar, however, has a bigger chemical job than simply sweetening baking, so you won’t be able to completely replace it with Spoonable Monk Fruit, unless you use one of our Sweet Cheat recipes. You can use any recipe that works with stevia powder and replace it with Spoonable Monk Fruit to improve the taste. You can also experiment with cutting the sugar in your recipe in half and add some Spoonable Monk Fruit to replace the lost sweetness.
Are Sweet Cheat products diabetic safe and keto friendly?
Monk fruit does not raise blood sugar levels. Sweet Cheat products are low in net carbohydrates because of the high inulin fibre content. Both Sweet Cheat Spoonable Monk Fruit and Sweet Cheat Chocolate Milk have 0g net carbs, and Sweet Cheat Hot Chocolate has 1g net carbs.
What can you expect when you start adding inulin to your diet?
Some users, such as those with irritable bowel syndrome, have trouble with inulin and may choose to avoid it. Some sensitive users experience intestinal discomfort, such as gas, which tends to decrease with continued use. Most people, however, have no problems when adding inulin to their diet. For more information about the benefits of inulin fibre and our products' ingredients, see our Ingredients page.
Are Sweet Cheat products organic?
Sweet Cheat products are not certified organic, however, the cocoa powder and monk fruit we source is certified organic and the inulin fibre is extracted from chicory root which has no major pests.
What are sugar alcohols?
In spite of their name, sugar alcohols do not contain any alcohol. You may see them listed as an ingredient on products containing sugar substitutes like stevia or monk fruit, and on products that claim to be "sugar free". The following ingredients are all considered sugar alcohols: erythritol, isomalt, mannitol, sorbitol, hydrogenated starch hydrolysates (HSH), maltitol, and xylitol. Sugar alcohols are a carb and can raise blood sugar levels so if you see them listed on packaging, you'll need to calculate the number of carbs that sugar alcohols contribute if you're diabetic or following a low-carb diet. This article provides more information on sugar alcohols, and instructions on how to calculate the number of carbs they contribute.
Are there any side effects of sugar alcohols and does Sweet Cheat use sugar alcohols in their products?
Sugar alcohols are not well-absorbed in the small intestine which reduces the numbers of calories you absorb from eating these sugars. However, because they are not well absorbed, eating a large amount of sugar alcohols can increase gas, bloating, and digestive issues. Also, sugar alcohols tend to have a cooling effect on the mouth, making them ideal for products that are already cold (like ice cream), or minty (like mouthwash). Because our products tend to be used in warmer recipes (coffee, tea, hot chocolate), we don't enjoy the cooling sensation of sugar alcohols in our products which is largely why we don't use them. It does make our product more expensive (because monk fruit is expensive and sugar alcohols are not - making them an ideal way for companies to reduce their production costs), but we prefer the taste and quality of straight monk fruit and do not cut it with sugar alcohols.
What are the "natural flavors" listed in some of your products?
One of our production runs for our Spoonable Monk Fruit used a monk fruit extract which had been pre-treated with a mushroom extract to reduce the aftertaste. None of the monk fruit extract we sourced before or since has been treated in this way, and honestly we can't taste the difference! But if you see 'natural flavors' listed in the ingredients, that's what it is: mushroom extract.
Why are Sweet Cheat products more expensive (ounce for ounce) than other monk fruit sweeteners?
Our products are priced for quality of ingredients. If you look at the ingredients list of other "monk fruit sweeteners", you'll usually find that erythritol or another cheap sugar alcohol is the main ingredient - it will be listed before monk fruit extract. Monk fruit extract is very expensive and very sweet. Sugar alcohols are very cheap and not as sweet. Most other products will use a large amount of erythritol to bulk out the product (often with a lot of other ingredients in there too) and will then add a small amount of monk fruit extract to boost the sweetness level. Sweet Cheat products contain a minimal number (2 - 3) of very high-quality ingredients.