Panicked headlines recently warned that the popular artificial sweetener erythritol could increase heart disease risk. The study that generated these claims in no way supports that association. Dietary supplements are a multi-billion-dollar industry; they've also killed people. Do they need more regulatory oversight?
“Artificial sweeteners have been widely introduced into the food chain … ” While perhaps helpful in reducing weight, could they unintentionally promote poorer cardiovascular outcomes? A new Cleveland Clinic study suggests yes. But that yes comes with a great deal of uncertainty.
When middle school student Simon Kaschock-Marenda tested the effects of different sugars and sugar substitutes on fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster) for his science fair project, he stumbled upon what might be a new insecticide the sugar alcohol erythritol.