A new study published in Nature Medicine about the popular sugar replacement erythritol has been going viral in many online circles.

 

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The study claims that erythritol in the blood is correlated to higher incidents of heart attacks and strokes. As a result, many people are warning against eating foods and drinks containing erythritol.

Does one singular study have the evidence backing it to negate all the positive studies performed on erythritol over the years?

One of the most important things to note is that this study was not measuring the amount of erythritol consumed by the subjects. Instead, it observed the amount of erythritol existing in the blood. This would make sense if erythritol only shows up in the blood if you eat it, but that is not the case.

The body naturally produces its own erythritol, called "endogenous erythritol" from glucose, as demonstrated in this study. In fact, elevated serum erythritol is known to be a predictive biomarker of diabetes and cardiovascular incidence and complications, as mentioned here. 

You may be asking yourself, why would the body make erythritol? Erythritol is produced when your body metabolizes sugar. The more sugar consumed, the more erythritol your body will make. The body also produces erythritol when a lot of alcohol is consumed. Another reason for erythritol production is when oxidative stress occurs in the body, as shown in this study, such as liver disease, kidney disease, diabetes, and belly fat.

To recap, the body is capable of making its own erythritol, which can demonstrate potential health issues. "Serum erythritol is a predictive biomarker of chronic disease development and complications," said a 2021 paper published in the journal Current Developments in Nutrition


The following video shares an interesting analysis by Dr. Eric Berg, DC.

 

Dr. Berg asks in his video, "How can we really know if these cardiovascular events are caused by the erythritol or by the person's overall health?" 

This is a great question, especially since most of the people in the study had high blood pressure or diabetes or were in poor health. 

Now, if you were to look at other studies on erythritol, the research is very positive on the health benefits of the sweetener. For example, research has shown that erythritol is an antioxidant, has anti-inflammatory properties, and improves glucose tolerance. Another study showed that consumption of erythritol improves endothelial function and other markers of cardiovascular risk.

Another key factor to note is that this recent study only shows a correlation, not causation. Correlation refers to something that has a similar association. Still, it cannot confirm or prove that one factor has caused the other. It is very possible that another factor that was not considered or studied is impacting the results. Proving causation is necessary for the study to be substantive, meaning one should not make decisions based on something that shows correlation. Instead, more studies should be performed to establish whether causation exists. 

Based on all the data available on erythritol, there's a very good case that this naturally-derived sweetener is better for you than worse for you, especially if it is replacing sugar in one's diet. However, it is always important for consumers to do research and come to their own conclusions. 

At MonkVee®, we have Monk Fruit blended with erythritol to create a 1:1 sugar replacement, and we also carry PURE Monk Fruit and Stevia without erythritol

We recommend you watch the video above, do some of your own digging, consult your own doctor, assess your own health, and make your own decisions. 

Here at MonkVee®, it is our mission to bring you the best information, products, and recipes

Contact us with any questions or concerns. We are here to help!

 

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