New Study Says Artificial Sweeteners Making Our Guts Toxic

by | November 2, 2018

Fitness enthusiasts, if you reach out to artificial sweeteners quite often then please stop and have a look at this new study that indicates a direct relation between them and gut toxicity.

The study by researchers at the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) Israel, points towards major flaws in the perceived notion that artificial sweetening products are a healthy lifestyle choice.

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Sugar is bad but artificial sweeteners aren’t the healthy alternative as perceived earlier, says the new study.

Are sweeteners an indispensable part of your fitness regime? Does the tag of ‘approved artificial sweetener’ make you think it to be a healthy alternative to sugar? One recent research paper published in Molecules begs to differ. In the study conducted by researchers at Nanyang Technological University and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, it has been found that artificial sweeteners are harmful for gut microbes.

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The study accounted for six sweeteners, including aspartame, neotame, sucralose, advantame, acesulfame potassium-k, and saccharine. The collaborative study strongly indicates that stomach microbes when exposed to even a small dosage of these sweeteners, they became toxic. Prof. Ariel Kushmaro, a member of the National Institute for Biotechnology in the Negev and one of the key persons in the research, explains “We modified bio-luminescent E. coli bacteria, which luminescence when they detect toxicants and act as a sensing model representative of the complex microbial system.” He further adds, “This is further evidence that consumption of artificial sweeteners adversely affects gut microbial activity which can cause a wide range of health issues.”

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The only safe way to dodge on pretty donuts guilt-free is to opt for natural sweeteners like agave and Stevia.

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The news might shock some of the fitness enthusiasts since artificial sweeteners have gained immense popularity as a healthy alternative to sugar. Eve prominent drink makers have come up with their range of reduced sugar products featuring artificial counterparts as a healthy alternative. While they might not account for calorie intake, these artificial sweetening products certainly can’t pass off as the safest and healthiest alternative.

According to Prof. Kushmaro, this study might be instrumental in determining the harmful effects of artificial sweeteners and the relative toxicity caused by them. Till the time further researches are out, I certainly would take a step back from too much reliance on them.

What do you think about this? Are you dependent on artificial sweeteners in daily life? Do let us know in the comments below.

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