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Is Erythritol safe to consume?

Mar 10, 2023 0 comments

As someone who is interested in health and wellness, I've learned that erythritol is a type of low-calorie sweetener that's often used as a sugar substitute. It belongs to the sugar alcohol family and is generally considered safe for consumption. In fact, regulatory agencies such as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) recognize it as safe.

Personally, I find that erythritol is well-tolerated by my body and has a low glycemic index, which means it doesn't raise my blood sugar levels. Additionally, it's not fermented by oral bacteria, which reduces the risk of tooth decay.

Recently, a study was conducted on the commonly used sugar substitute erythritol to examine its effects on heart disease risk. The study found that high levels of erythritol in the blood were associated with an increased risk of major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) such as heart attack or stroke. Further tests showed that erythritol increased blood clotting which can lead to these events. The study suggests that more research is needed to determine the long-term safety of erythritol. Source here.

Personally, will I stop using Erythritol just based on that recent research? Nope. The research is inconclusive, but the media sensationalized it. As a result, many people may have stopped using it and returned to consuming regular sugar. Overall, I believe that erythritol is a safe sugar substitute for most people when consumed in moderation. Again, it's my personal take on this and for you as my blog reader like with any food or ingredient, it's important to consult with a healthcare professional if you have any concerns about its consumption or if you have any underlying health conditions.

Also, I have noticed that erythritol is significantly sweeter than regular cane sugar, and consuming it in excessive amounts can lead to gastrointestinal problems like bloating, gas, or diarrhea. However, it is important to note that the probability of experiencing these side effects is usually less than that of other sugar alcohols like xylitol or sorbitol. I think as I stated earlier this probably applies to anything in life that consuming things in moderation is important to avoid negative side effects.



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