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A large study of over 4,000 people by the Cleveland Clinic found that using erythritol as an alternative sweetener increases the risk of heart attack and stroke.
For nearly a decade, we’ve been warning our readers to avoid erythritol, which is found in dizzying low-carb foods and alternative sweeteners like Swerve.
This low-calorie sweetener is very popular with those following the Keto diet, Trim Healthy Mama, or similar low-carb protocols to lose weight.
Erythritol is probably the most popular of the sugar alcohols and contributes to intestinal imbalance among other potential harms to the beneficial intestinal flora.
This nail in Erythritol’s coffin shows once again that there’s no free lunch when you’re trying to change your diet to be healthy.
Fake sweeteners like erythritol and their chemical cousins like diarrhea-inducing xylitol aren’t going to get you there in the long run.
In other words, don’t eat flourless cakes with artificial sweeteners.
You need to eat real food to be healthy… including whole sweeteners like raw honey and maple syrup if you like to indulge in something sweet once in a while!
Let’s take a closer look at this damning study on erythritol.
I recommend going to the pantry and throwing out whatever is in there right away.
Large study with over 4000 participants
The Cleveland Clinic conducted the study in a peer-reviewed journal. natural medicine We will publish our findings in February 2023. (1)
The study included more than 4,000 participants from America and Europe. (2)
The findings revealed that people with higher blood erythritol levels had a higher risk of heart attack, stroke, and even death.
They also examined the effects of adding erythritol to either whole blood or isolated platelets. Preclinical studies confirmed Erythritol intake promotes clot formation [emphasis mine]. (3)
Correlation or causation?
Large studies of the adverse health effects of erythritol blood levels have shown associated risks and are not double-blind causal studies.
But in the wise words of Dr. Joseph Radapo, Chief Surgeon of Florida,
Just because correlation doesn’t equal causation doesn’t mean you should abandon common sense.
Ignoring this survey because the links are associative is very shortsighted.
Erythritol is about 70% as sweet as sugar, according to the Cleveland Clinic.
However, once consumed, the intestinal tract has difficulty metabolizing the product.
This means that some things do not belong in the blood.
A press release from the Cleveland Clinic describes the scenario as follows:
instead, [erythritol] It enters the bloodstream and is eliminated from the body primarily through the urine. The human body naturally produces small amounts of erythritol, so additional consumption can accumulate.
Not surprisingly, Robert Rankin, executive director of the Calorie Control Council, downplayed the findings, saying, “In contrast to decades of scientific research showing that low-calorie sweeteners like erythritol are safe. , as evidenced by global regulatory approvals for use in food and beverages. (Four)
Hmm. I don’t think “global regulatory approval” is an indicator that something is safe!
For one of the many examples of how absurd this statement is, consider the FDA permitting the use of aluminum in cheese processing. Does this ensure the safety of aluminum in the human diet?
Astute consumers who have been eating erythritol are advised to eliminate this artificial sweetener from their diet. will be
(1) Artificial Sweetener Erythritol and Cardiovascular Event Risk
(twenty three) Cleveland Clinic Study Links Common Artificial Sweeteners to Increased Heart Attack and Stroke Rates
(Four) Study: Erythritol sweetener increases heart attack and stroke risk