Erythritol, one of the sweeteners used in our Concentrates, has been in the news lately due to a problematic study.
The study was incorrect to describe erythritol as an artificial sweetener. In the FDA's view, erythritol is a natural sweetener because it is derived from a natural source AND is found in nature. Erythritol for foods and beverages is produced by converting natural sources (sugars) into erythritol by fermentation or an electrochemical process.
Qualifying Statement: We at FRS.com and FRS International LLC have formed our opinions based on a careful review of scientific analyses of the original study, plus additional reviews of the scientific literature on the use of erythritol in food, drinks, and food and drink supplements. We have provided links below to some relevant articles about the study in question. We strongly encourage you to research the subject further and to base your decision to continue or discontinue consuming the FRS products containing erythritol on your own research. The statements on this page have not been evaluated by the U.S. FDA and are in no way intended to recommend that you ingest or do not ingest products containing erythritol.
MULTIPLE articles have been published identifying major issues with the original study.
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"As I see it, you’re more likely to get a heart attack from the fearmongering surrounding this study than from erythritol itself."
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"There are many reasons to be skeptical of the study, however. For one, it doesn't establish cause and effect. Moreover, it didn't control for subjects' diets. Since prior research found that glucose is converted to erythritol in the body, it is likely that people with more erythritol in their blood also eat more sugar."
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"This study tried hard to make the case for its cardiovascular risk, but the claims fall a little bit short. To claim harm, you need firmer data. It is easy to say, as the authors of this paper do, that more research is needed. But I would argue, we don’t need more research, we need better research. Otherwise, we’ll keep seeing alarming headlines."
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"[M]uch more (and better) research is needed before we sound any major alarms about erythritol consumption."