Some sweeteners can significantly increase heart disease risks

A preliminary study showed that consuming erythritol, found in many keto-friendly foods — including the sweetener Truvia — can significantly increase heart disease risks. Photo: Pexels

(Becky Upham/ Everyday Health) — Erythritol, a popular sugar substitute found in Truvia and used in a variety of no-sugar and keto-friendly products, may be linked to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke, according to a new study published today in Nature Medicine.

Researchers found that people with the highest levels of erythritol in their blood were twice as likely to have a heart attack, stroke, or death compared to people with the lowest levels.

“These results were striking. That puts this on par with the same risk of the strongest of the cardiac risk factors, such as having diabetes. It’s even arguably stronger than the risk of high cholesterol or blood pressure,” says senior author Stanley Hazen, MD, PhD, chairman for the department of cardiovascular and metabolic sciences at the Lerner Research Institute and co-section head of preventive cardiology at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. (…)