Known as the “Longevity Fruit,” naturally sweet Luo Han Guo has recently gained popularity in the West as a healthy sweetener. Luo Han Guo earned its nickname because China’s Guangxi Province, where it is grown, has a high number of residents that live past the age of 100. Often called “Buddha fruit” or “Monk fruit,” Luo Han Guo was first mentioned in the records of the 13th century Chinese monks who discovered it. Three hundred times sweeter than sugar, it boasts high levels of antioxidants and, it is said, the ability to balance blood sugar and protect the cardiovascular system. Luo han guo is also known to relieve sore throats, assist digestion, relieve allergies, improve respiration and bolster the immunity.