Study identifies low-cal food sweetener erythritol as a marker for weight gain

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Erythritol occurs naturally in a variety of fruits, such as pears, watermelon and grapes, fermented products like wine and miso, as well as soy sauce. (Shutterstock)

To analyse the impact of erythritol on metabolism, the scientists studied 264 students starting university – a time of life that can lead to changes in diet, metabolism and weight gain. According to the study, 75% of high school students gain weight after starting university.

The students who gained weight and abdominal fat during their first year of university had 15-fold higher levels of erythritol in their blood at the start of the year than participants who were stable or lost fat mass over the course of the school year.

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