Study: Common Artificial Sweetener Linked to Cardiovascular Disease

Crystals of erythritol (via Wikipedia)

An artificial sweetener called erythritol commonly used in processed foods is linked to heart attacks and strokes in a new study.

Via Nature:

Artificial sweeteners are widely used sugar substitutes, but little is known about their long-term effects on cardiometabolic disease risks. Here we examined the commonly used sugar substitute erythritol and atherothrombotic disease risk… Our findings reveal that erythritol is both associated with incident MACE [major adverse cardiovascular events] risk and fosters enhanced thrombosis.

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Thrombosis” is the fancy medical term for blood clots that block blood vessels and induce heart attacks and strokes because the blood supply becomes choked off. It’s not a great condition to develop.

Artificial sweeteners are implicated in numerous other undesirable health outcomes such as bladder cancer and brain tumors.

Related: Why Not Declare Obesity a ‘Public Health Emergency’?

If you’re not eating a whole foods-based, unprocessed diet low-to-moderate in carbs, you are doing it wrong. There is no “safe” substitute for sugar, and sugar itself — especially the refined kind in the form of high-fructose corn syrup present in Ding-Dongs and Skittles and whatever other culinary abominations the technocrats are inventing these days — is poison.

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