NYT: Study Suggests Possible Link Between Sugar Substitute and Heart Issues. Experts Say, Don’t Panic.

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A study published in the journal Nature Medicine suggests a possible link between the popular sugar substitute erythritol and an increased risk of cardiovascular events, including heart attack and stroke. The study looked at the levels of erythritol in the blood of around 4,000 people from the United States and Europe and found that those with the highest blood concentration of the sugar substitute were more likely to have a stroke or heart attack. However, experts caution that the study has limitations – most of the participants in the research already have a history of cardiovascular disease or have other risk factors. More research is needed to determine the long-term safety risks of sugar substitutes in humans. They suggest that small changes, such as replacing some artificially sweetened beverages with water, can be helpful for those who are concerned.

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