Erythritol Sugar Substitute Uses and Risks – Cleveland Clinic

A growing body of evidence suggests artificial sweeteners can be, in many ways, worse for you than table sugar.  

And recent research is connecting one particular artificial sweetener, erythritol, with some very serious health risks

“We were looking for compounds in blood that predict risk for experiencing a future heart attack or stroke. The top candidate that kept showing up was erythritol,” says Stanley Hazen, MD, PhD, a specialist in preventive cardiovascular medicine who was the senior author of the study. 

In addition to erythritol, common sugar alcohols include: 

  • Xylitol. 
  • Sorbitol. 
  • Maltitol. 
  • Mannitol. 
  • Isomalt. 
  • Lactitol. 
  • Hydrogenated starch hydrolysates. 
Erythritol Sugar Substitute Uses and Risks – Cleveland Clinic