Recent research has highlighted potential cardiovascular risks associated with erythritol, a popular artificial sweetener commonly used in low-calorie, low-carbohydrate, and keto products. While sugar substitutes are often recommended to individuals with diabetes or obesity to help control blood sugar levels and lose weight, there is limited research on their long-term safety.
According to a new study, people with the highest levels of erythritol in their bloodstream were found to have a twofold increased risk of heart attack, stroke, or death within three years. The sweetener is made from fermented corn and is commonly used in various food and drink products.
Despite these findings, FDA currently considers erythritol safe, which has not required long-term safety studies of the sweetener. However, the study’s results suggest that further research is needed to better understand the potential health risks associated with erythritol use, particularly in individuals who consume it regularly. It is essential to acknowledge the potential risks associated with the long-term use of artificial sweeteners and to consider alternatives, such as natural sweeteners, wherever possible.