Consuming the popular artificial sweetener erythritol may increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, according to a new study by researchers at Cleveland Clinic.
The study analyzed over 4,000 individuals in the US and Europe and found that those with higher blood erythritol levels were more susceptible to experiencing major adverse cardiac events.
The research also indicated that erythritol made platelets easier to activate and form a clot, further heightening clot formation. Erythritol, which is about 70% as sweet as sugar, is a common replacement for table sugar in low-calorie, low-carbohydrate, and “keto” products.
However, the researchers suggest that more in-depth research is needed into the long-term effects of artificial sweeteners such as erythritol.
While the US Food and Drug Administration recognizes erythritol as “Generally Recognized As Safe,” the study authors note the need for follow-up research to confirm their findings in the general population.
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