A new study from the Cleveland Clinic has found that a popular zero-calorie sweetener could be linked to an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and death.
The study, which was published in the journal Circulation, looked at the effects of the artificial sweetener erythritol on cardiovascular health. It found that people who consumed the sweetener were more likely to experience a stroke, blood clot, or death than those who did not.
The findings were corroborated by other studies, such as one from USA TODAY that found that erythritol may increase the risk of stroke and blood clots. STAT also published a study that concluded that one type of artificial sweetener may increase the risk of heart attack.
The findings come as a disappointment to many, as erythritol is widely used in many sugar-free products and is generally considered to be safe. However, the Cleveland Clinic study has raised concerns about the long-term effects of artificial sweeteners on cardiovascular health.
It is important to note that the study does not prove that erythritol is the cause of the increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and death. Further research is needed to determine the exact link between the sweetener and these health risks.
For now, it is recommended that people limit their consumption of erythritol and other artificial sweeteners. While these sweeteners may be useful for those looking to reduce their sugar intake, it is important to be aware of the potential health risks associated with them.
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