New York, May 12: Commonly used sugar-replacement sweetener in low-calorie foods like Sugar alcohol and erythritol can increase weight and fat mass in young adults, researchers found.
It is naturally found in pears and watermelons and metabolised the human body.
According to study, college freshers who intake metabolite went on to gain weight, fat and abdominal fat with 15-fold higher blood erythritol compared with their peers with stable weight.
“About 75 per cent of young adults experiences weight gain during the transition from high school to college,” said Patricia Cassano, professor in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University in New York.
Various diseases like heart disease, Type 2 diabetes etc can happen with weight gain.
“With the finding of a previously unrecognised metabolism of glucose to erythritol and given the erythritol-weight gain association, further research is needed to understand whether and how this pathway contributes to weight-gain risk,” Cassano added.