One type of artificial sweetener may increase heart attack risk, preliminary study says

The sweetener erythritol, which is becoming increasingly popular in snack bars and low-sugar ice cream substitutes, may increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes, according to a paper published Monday in the journal Nature Medicine.

Outside experts who reviewed the findings emphasized that more evidence is needed, with some raising concerns that the results of the study could be due to other factors that make it appear the sweetener causes risks when it does not.

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