Erythritol is a zero-calorie sweetener commonly used as a sugar replacement.
a sweetener found in nature
Considered a sugar alcohol, this carb is naturally found in many fruits and vegetables at low levels, including grapes, mushrooms, pears, watermelon, beer, cheese, sake, soy sauce and wine. Additionally, the human body naturally creates erythritol however it is in very low amounts well below what’s found in products containing the added sweetener. It has gained popularity in many ketogenic and diet products for several reasons. Its aftertaste does not linger, as compared to stevia, and about 70 percent as sweet as sugar without affecting glycaemia.
“Erythritol looks like sugar, it tastes like sugar, and you can bake with it,”
– Dr. Stanley Hazen, director of the Center for Cardiovascular Diagnostics and Prevention at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute.
A recent study published in the journal Nature Medicine has linked this sugar substitute to blood clotting, stroke, heart attack and more. Oliver Jones, a professor of chemistry at RMIT University in Victoria, Australia, noted that the study had revealed only a correlation, not causation. More research is needed. In an abundance of caution, it might be in the best interest of some consumers to limit erythritol in their diet.
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We have reviewed the information and are aware of this newly unexpected discovery between erythritol and possible cardiovascular issues. That is why we urge consumers to continue their research in order to make an informed decision that best suits their lifestyle. We are taking steps by educating customers who are interested, by not bringing in new erythritol-containing products, by finding adequate replacements for existing products that match consumer demand, and working towards weaning products from the shelf that contain the zero-calorie sweetener.