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  • 14 March, 2023

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Several studies have linked the popular Artificial Sweetener Erythritol to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

What was the Research's Outcome?

  • The study's findings showed that erythritol facilitated platelet activation and clot formation.
  • The blood cells called platelets, which form clots when they group together, are activated by erythritol. Such platelet accumulation restricts blood flow in blood arteries located throughout the body.
  • Cardiovascular events can be fatal or not when it occurs in blood arteries that feed blood to the heart or brain.

Describe Erythritol

  • It is a kind of sugar alcohol that is frequently used to replace sugar in meals and beverages. It has no calories and does not boost blood sugar levels, in contrast to conventional sugars.
  • Table sugar is frequently swapped out for artificial sweeteners in low-calorie, low-carb, and "keto" products (high in fat and low in carbohydrates).
  • Glycemic index (GI) below 50: It is also thought to have a lower GI than other sweeteners, which means it might not have a big effect on insulin levels.
  • The GI score is a metric used to assess how much a certain item would raise blood sugar levels.
  • Uses: Those who have obesity, diabetes, or metabolic syndrome and are looking for solutions to help regulate their sugar or calorie intake are frequently advised to try sugar-free goods containing erythritol.
  • Also, those who have these disorders are more vulnerable to harmful cardiovascular events including heart attacks and strokes.

Natural Production and Occurrence

  • Natural sources of erythritol include various fruits and fermented meals.
  • Moreover, it is found in human body fluids such as urine, foetal fluid, serum, plasma, and eye lens tissue.
  • It is created commercially by fermenting glucose with the yeast Moniliella pollinis.
  • Heart disease is the largest cause of death worldwide, and the cardiovascular disease progresses over time. By comparing them to metabolic analyses of these compounds in circulating blood, the study above illustrates the risks of artificial sweeteners in raising the risk of cardiovascular events.

A deeper understanding of the long-term impacts of sweeteners like erythritol is required despite their recent surge in popularity.

Read Also: Cardiovascular Diseases

Source: Indian Express

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