Are you Consuming Too Much Erythritol?
Erythritol is an amazing sugar substitute with very little difference from real sugar with NO calories.
Erythritol is an artificial sweetener found in low-sugar and sugar-free foods. Its job is to replace sugar and calories in foods to make them more diet-friendly. It does not contribute to weight gain since the body does not absorb it. It is found naturally in foods such as pears and watermelon and can be created using corn. It is often marketed towards diabetics and people with weight issues since it offers the same sweet taste but without insulin spikes or weight gain. But what happens if too much of it is taken?
Erythritol can produce a number of side effects if consumed regularly and in large quantities. Diarrhoea is perhaps the most common along with digestive issues. Other notable side effects include cramps and bloating. Diarrhoea can produce additional side effects such as headaches since the lack of water results in dehydration. Another potential side effect is overeating. This is because erythritol is not broken down by the body and thus it may convince your brain that you’re still hungry. It should be noted that you will need to consume more than eighteen grams before you put yourself at risk of side effects although this may differ from person to person.
If you have a heightened sensitivity to the substance, you may find yourself experiencing severe nausea and diarrhoea. In addition, continuous consumption can lead to more lasting issues such as chronic heartburn, indigestion and even irritable bowel syndrome. Any of these maladies can result in stress, which only exacerbates the problem. Research has found a link between the brain and the stomach in which the stomach is susceptible to our moods. If you have troubles with anxiety and you are taking large amounts of erythritol regularly, you are compounding your woes and should stop taking any more.
If you are concerned about erythritol and the effects it may be having on your body, switch to consuming whole foods. Fruits, vegetables and whole grains are staples of a healthy diet for both the mind and the body. If you are still concerned about erythritol, read labels on foods you buy to check for it.
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