Zero Calorie Sweeteners: Strokes, Heart Attacks and More

By Wyatt Cravalho

Erythorital is a sugar substitute that is used in sweet foods. It has been associated with blood clotting, strokes, heart attacks, and death. People with existing heart conditions were seen to be twice as likely to have heart attacks and strokes if they had the highest levels of Erythorital in their blood. 

“If your blood level of erythritol was in the top 25% compared to the bottom 25%, there was about a two-fold higher risk for heart attack and stroke.” said the leader of the study, Cleveland Clinic Doctor Stanely Hazen,. These statistics are comparable to having diabetes and other illnesses that increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Additional studies found that it’s related to blood clots, and the clots can travel to the heart and brain, causing strokes and heart attacks.

Erythorital has severe risks attached to it. This directly opposes the tens of studies that show that erythritol is safe, with little to no risks. Currently, the FDA has not changed their laws on erythorital, and is still legally allowed to be used in cooking and seasoning. During the study, consuming 30 grams of erythorital, the average human would have in a year, raised blood pressure to high clotting risk for 2-3 days. This study serves a warning, consuming erythorital can be deadly, and proposes risks to not only people prone to heart attacks but others as well.

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