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No way to sugar coat this: Common sugar substitute Xylitol linked to increased risk of blood clots

Summarised by Centrist 

New research from the Cleveland Clinic has linked high consumption of the sugar substitute xylitol to an increased risk of blood clots and serious cardiovascular events like heart attacks and strokes. 

Dr Stanley Hazen’s team analysed data from over 3,000 patients and found that those with the highest levels of xylitol in their blood had a 33% greater risk of cardiovascular events within three years. 

Laboratory tests confirmed that xylitol enhances platelet reactivity, which can lead to clot formation. Although further research is needed to establish a direct cause-and-effect relationship, the findings suggest caution in consuming high levels of xylitol. 

Dr Hazen said it is important to investigate the long-term safety of sugar alcohols and artificial sweeteners. 

If you regularly consume products containing xylitol, it is advisable to consult with a healthcare professional to ensure your dietary choices support your overall health, he said. 

Read more over at Studyfinds

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