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2 New Reasons to Avoid Artificial Sweeteners

Splenda Essentials Toxic A study finds common sugar substitutes, namely, aspartame, saccharin and sucralose, lead to a higher risk of glucose intolerance, a condition that can lead to diabetes. Ironically, the use of these products has also been linked to obesity.

Artificial Sweeteners Affect Gut Microbes

The idea for the research came when the scientists wondered why, anecdotally, people who consume artificial sweeteners in order to cut calories actually end up gaining weight. They discovered the sweeteners cause their body to lose the ability to handle glucose, which is sugar in its simplest form

Why does this happen? The researchers suspect the sugar substitutes alter the microbiome, the bacterial community within the gut. They postulate that the different mix of microbes has a detrimental effect on glucose metabolism, a factor that causes levels to increase higher after eating and then decrease more slowly than they normally would.

Effects of Artificial Sweeteners on Glucose Metabolism Were Compelling and Dramatic

In a series of investigations, researchers explored how aspartame, saccharin and sucralose affect gut microbes along with blood glucose levels. The adverse effects of the artificial sweeteners on glucose metabolism was “very dramatic,” says coauthor Eran Segal. Furthermore, the response was seen in experiments involving people as well as those involving mice.

Published in the journal Nature, the research consisted of the following:

In a commentary accompanying the research, Cathryn R. Nagler, a professor of pathology at the University of Chicago, declared the findings “very compelling.” “What the study suggests is we should step back and reassess our extensive use of artificial sweeteners,” she states.

“This huge and poorly understood microbial world, which resides in each and every one of us starting from birth, has been shown to play a fundamental role in many aspects of our physiology, as well as in [our] susceptibility to common human diseases,” notes Eran Elinav, lead author. “Our findings beg reconsideration of the massive, unregulated use of these substances.”

Sources:

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/pdf/nature13793.pdf

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/09/17/artificial-sweeteners-may-disrupt-bodys-blood-sugar-controls/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/study-suggests-sweeteners-could-contribute-to-obesity-and-diabetes/2014/09/17/c3c04ea6-3dc2-11e4-b03f-de718edeb92f_story.html

http://www.boston.com/health/2014/09/17/study-artificial-sweeteners-may-promote-diabetes/QkAu8v2D1D1VoWFYmyQcgP/story.html

http://www.haaretz.com/life/science-medicine/.premium-1.616294


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