Do Sweeteners in Energy Pods Cause Inflammation? We Look at the Science Behind Them

Do Sweeteners in Energy Pods Cause Inflammation? We Look at the Science Behind Them

Nutrition circles can be loaded with processed information to target naive consumers to purchase alternative diets, products, recipes, supplements, and services using very low-hanging fruit. There are two sweeteners we currently use in Energy Pods: Erythritol and Monk Fruit extract. Both of these also function as anti-oxidants.


Currently, there are no human studies that show that erythritol causes inflammation in humans. The closest study(1) we have is a rodent study which shows that erythritol decreased metabolic disorders such as diet-induced obesity, glucose intolerance, dyslipidemia, and fat accumulation by increasing short-chain fatty acids and modulating immunity. In a nutshell, erythritol improved inflammatory markers. Additionally, chronic consumption of erythritol, in humans, improved endothelial function as noted in this study(2)

Monk Fruit Extract 

Currently, we don't have any studies on humans that directly show if monk fruit extract has an impact on inflammation. We do have several studies(3)(4)(5)(6)(7) in cell cultures that show monk fruit extract's role in potentially reducing inflammatory markers. Meanwhile, in a rodent study(8) the bioactive component of monk fruit extract, Mogroside V, has been shown to exhibit anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory effects, especially in the context of schizophrenia.


The processed information is everywhere and can lead to fear and confusion. Absence of evidence in humans doesn’t equate to claiming evidence to the contrary which is something many nutrition charlatans bank on. On the other hand, at Ketogeek, we like to use high-quality science and research to evolve our product. Join us in our quest to make better-processed foods for the human future. Go get some Energy Pods and let us change the world for the better.