What is Monk Fruit, Help for Dry Skin, Fat Burners and More

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Q: What is monk fruit sweetener? A: Monk fruit is a small round fruit native to southern China. It has been used for centuries in Eastern medicine as a cold and digestive aid, and now it is also being used to sweeten foods and beverages. Monk fruit sweeteners are created by removing the seeds and skin of the fruit, crushing the fruit, and collecting the juice. The fruit extract, or juice, contains zero calories per serving.  Monk fruit sweeteners are 150-200 times sweeter than sugar. Because they are stable at high temperatures, monk fruit sweeteners can be used in baked goods. A popular brand is Lakanto, which makes powdered and liquid options.

Q: Can I store potatoes, onions, and garlic together? A: All of these can be stored in a cool, dry, dark and ventilated area, but do not store potatoes with onions because they emit ethylene gas which can cause potatoes to sprout and spoil faster. Garlic can be stored along with onions without spoiling.

Q: My skin gets so dry in the winter. What can I do to help it stay hydrated?

A: Even though it's cold out, remember to drink plenty of water each day. The dry, cold air is just that- drying! Try an oil, like Epionce Priming Oil, if you have very dry skin. The moisturizing mask mentioned on the show was Epionce Enriched Firming Mask.

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