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Are Artificial Sweeteners Bad for You? New Worries About Link to Strokes, Heart Attacks

re: atherosclerosis

Most scientific studies are false.

But gaming the system via sugar substitutes is an even worse idea than assuming issues.

WSJ: Are Artificial Sweeteners Bad for You? New Worries About Link to Strokes, Heart Attacks

2023-03-07

Study adds to mounting questions about the health effects of popular sugar substitutes found in everything from low-carb ice cream to baked goods

Some doctors are urging patients to cut back their consumption of sugar substitutes as questions mount about their health effects.

In the latest study, published February in the journal Nature Medicine, Cleveland Clinic researchers found that the commonly used zero-calorie sweetener erythritol was associated with an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes and death within three years.

Erythritol, a sugar alcohol produced naturally in the body, is used as a sugar substitute in low-calorie and low-carb products, often in those marketed as keto friendly, such as ice cream, baked goods and condiments. It is also often mixed with other sweeteners. 

...“We can’t say conclusively that [sweeteners] are safe,” says Dariush Mozaffarian, dean and professor of nutrition and medicine at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. “I think that’s really worrisome.”...

WIND: good advice, but cutting back is weak sauce. Eliminate all added sugars and do not replace them with fakes. Or just eat the damned sugar and get an hour’s exercise as a penalty and health improver, immediately after eating.

Whether it is risk of deadly issues or gut microbiome disruption, artificial anything is rarely without issues. Ditto for all processed foods. Follow the money—no one is looking out for you except a few lonely researchers scrabbling for dregs of funding.

Fix your sweet tooth instead of using sweeteners—it is an addiction. It will take about 2 weeks and the 1st week is the hardest (craving). But beating addiction is worth it.

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