What We Know—Xylitol Concerns

Based on the current studies released about xylitol sweeteners and their potential heart risks, questions have been raised about the continued use of these products. The research indicates that xylitol, a common sugar substitute found in various products, may be linked to an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and other cardiovascular events.

According to a study published in the European Heart Journal, individuals with higher levels of xylitol in their blood may have a significantly higher risk of experiencing heart-related issues. The researchers observed that even those without a history of heart disease who had elevated xylitol levels were more likely to face cardiac events in the future.

Experiments involving mice showed that xylitol could increase blood clotting, which is a concerning factor for heart health. The findings suggest that consuming xylitol as a sugar substitute may adversely affect cardiovascular function and increase the baseline risk of clotting in the blood.

Xylitol is a naturally occurring substance and is commonly used topically in dental products like toothpaste and gum for its oral health benefits.  These preliminary studies seem to point to a more systemic consumption being the source of concern where the amount of xylitol is 10 mg or more.  The average amount of Xylitol in dental products used is typically 50-100 times less than this.  Please note that these are preliminary studies with a small sample size.

Stay informed and prioritize your overall health and well-being when choosing the products you consume, including sugar substitutes like xylitol. Our doctors at Pathway Dental Group always stay on top of new research and are happy to discuss anything regarding your oral health. They will develop a custom plan that is best for your situation.

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