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Common sweetener used in toothpastes can cause heart disease, stroke

It does not mean throw out your toothpaste if it has this ingridient in it, says researcher

By  Web Desk   |  
June 07, 2024
A representational image of a toothbrush with toothpaste on it. — Pexels

New research has sounded an alarm regarding the common sweetener that is used in different sugary products such as gums, biscuits, and toothpastes.

The study by Cleveland Clinic suggested that the consumption of the highly common sweetener xylitol can cause a risk of heart attacks and strokes as it may result in blood clots reported Express UK Friday.

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The product is also used in toothpastes and mouthwash products.

While highlighting the importance of the study, Dr Hazen, Chair of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Sciences at the Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute said: "This study shows the immediate need for investigating sugar alcohols and artificial sweeteners, especially as they continue to be recommended in combating conditions like obesity or diabetes."

"It does not mean throw out your toothpaste if it has xylitol in it, but we should be aware that consumption of a product containing high levels could increase the risk of blood clot-related events."

Previously, the Clinic also highlighted the link of heart attack and strokes with sugary drinks.

The recent study, published in the European Heart Journal analysed information from more than 3,000 patients from the US and Europe.

The researchers found that those using increased xylitol are exposed to a risk of cardiovascular events over a three-year period.

To corroborate their results, the team ran an experiment and found a surge in blood clotting after xylitol consumption.

In response, President of the Calorie Control Council Carla Saunders said that "the results of this study are contrary to decades of scientific evidence substantiating the safety and efficacy of low-calorie sweeteners such as xylitol.”

"These findings are a disservice to those who rely on alternative sweeteners as a tool to improve their health."


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