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D the Catastrophist

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Jun 24, 2022
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W. Michigan
Just saw an article on this, and I know a bunch of people use Xylitol as a non-fermentable sweetener in their wines before bottling:


"The new study found that high levels of circulating xylitol were associated with an elevated three-year risk of cardiovascular events in an analysis of more than 3,000 patients in the U.S. and Europe.

One-third of patients with the highest amount of xylitol in their plasma were more likely to experience a cardiovascular event.

To confirm the findings, the research team conducted pre-clinical testing and found that xylitol caused platelets to clot and heightened the risk of thrombosis. Researchers also tracked platelet activity from people who ingested a xylitol-sweetened drink versus a glucose-sweetened drink and found that every measure of clotting ability significantly
increased immediately following ingestion of xylitol but not glucose."

Obviously, amounts matter and correlation =/= causation, but it's just something to keep in mind. I suspect just drinking wine that has it is probably not a significant risk, but wine plus other drinks or foods/sweets is when you start having issues. So just something to be aware of, especially if diabetic and consuming artificial sweeteners to avoid sugar...I will see if I can track down the actual study and post a link.
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