MonkSweet natural monk fruit is all-natural in every sense of the word. Monk fruit because it was said to have first been used by monks in China in the 13th century. Today, it is still used for its medicinal properties — the fruit itself is believed to help in treating a cough and sore throat and is also believed to promote a long life (possibly because it is native to a region in China that has an usually high number of residents age 100 or more). When the sweet constituents are naturally released from the monk fruit, the result is a fine powder which can be up to 250 times sweeter than sugar.