Does Erythritol Link to Heart Attacks and Strokes?
A new study on erythritol and heart attacks has been in the news recently and has found its way to social media causing much alarm to many who embrace the keto or low-carb diet. This study correlates erythritol in your blood to higher incidents of heart attacks and strokes. (Original article: https://www.cnn.com/2023/02/27/health/zero-calorie-sweetener-heart-attack-stroke-wellness/index.html)
We have been a fan of using erythritol in our bakes for its sugar-like quality in creating a great texture for our keto cakes and pastries. Though erythritol is one of the newer sugar alcohols on the market -- xylitol and mannitol have been around longer -- researchers have done a number of studies of it in animals and humans. The World Health Organization (WHO) approved erythritol in 1999, and the FDA did the same in 2001. It is classified as GRAS (generally recognized as safe).
A Medical Perspective
In light of the new study, we would like to point to Dr Berg’s view on the study for his medical expertise in the area. Here’s a summary of his findings.
Extract from Dr Berg’s video:
“Here are four key points about this study:
1. Correlation does not mean causation.
2. This study was based on endogenous erythritol and did not measure dietary erythritol. The body makes endogenous erythritol.
3. The body produces erythritol when you metabolize sugar, have oxidative stress or belly fat, or consume alcohol. The great majority of people in this study were in poor health, so how do we know erythritol was the problem?
4. Other research has liked erythritol to many different health benefits. Could it be that erythritol is increasing in the body to counter the bad effects of sugar? It seems to me that erythritol is something that’s trying to help you and not hurt you. “
Watch his youtube video below if you would like more information and medical reference about erythritol.
Healthier, Low-Carb & Diabetic-friendly Bakes
At Ange Bakes, we aim to provide a healthier alternative to regular sugar-loaded confectionery with our keto bakes which are lower in carbs, diabetic-friendly, and gluten-free. Our strict keto baking uses grain-free flour such as almond or coconut flour and natural sweeteners like erythritol, allulose or monk fruit. We also list our ingredients and macro information on our website to empower consumers to select the items that fit their dietary requirements. Please feel free to reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have further questions about our products.
Reference: - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erythritol - https://bit.ly/Anchor-DrBerg Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio: Dr. Berg, age 57, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media. Disclaimer: This blog article is for general informational purposes only. Ange Bakes is not affiliated to Dr Berg, and its website or products. The content is referenced for educational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. Always seek the advice of a local GP or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.