Do Artificial Sweeteners Affect The Gut? “If sugar is BAD for the gut, can I just switch to artificial sweeteners?” It seems an easy solution to turn to artificial sweeteners to help satisfy our sweet tooth and eliminate calories at the same time.
I must admit that I have a sweet tooth. It wants to be satisfied often. I regularly take steps to weaken this sugar craving. BUT artificial sweeteners are NOT the healthy step to take.
What Are Artificial Sweeteners?
Artificial Sweeteners are synthetic substitutes for sugar. These synthetic substitutes are found in some drinks, foods, and particularly “Sugar-free” food products. They provide that sweet flavorings without the calories.
Artificial Sweeteners Have Many Names:
- Sucralose: Splenda, Zerocal, Sukrana, SucraPlus, Candys, Cukren, and Nevella
- Aspartame: NutraSweet, Equal, and Sugar Twin
- Saccharin: Sweet’n Low, Necta Sweet, and Sweet Twin
Spoon-for-spoon, when compared to sugar, many of these sweeteners provide up to 200 times the sweet flavor. It SOUNDS like a great way to replace the concerns about how sugar impacts gut health. But do artificial sweeteners help our gut?
How Do Artificial Sweeteners Affect The Gut?
Have you heard the term “Microbiota”?
It is “the microscopic organisms of a particular environment“. Here, we are referring to the microbiota of the gut.
Our gut/intestine has a layer of protective bacteria that has a perfect balance. Artificial sweeteners affect this perfect balance by making the gut bacteria infectious. Here is a potential storyline of microbiota imbalance:
- Infectious bacteria attach themselves to the beneficial cells, kill them, and invade the wall of the intestine
- These bacteria can then enter the blood stream, gathering in the lymph nodes, liver, and spleen in a pathogenic (disease prone) way
- Infections begin to set in. Sepsis is one of those possible infections. Did you know sepsis can lead to death?
- These pathogenic changes are also tied to obesity, metabolic disease, and diabetes.
For all three analyzed sweeteners, the amount in two cans of diet soda is enough to significantly increase the clumping of both E. coli and E. faecalis to intestinal Caco-2 cells. This amount also differentially increased the formation of biofilms.John Anderer, StudyFinds
Wowee! In the past, I could easily consume more than 2 cans of diet soda in a week.
GOOD GRIEF! IT’S A WAR!
And to think this happens because of artificial sweeteners.
How Can I Get Rid Of Sugar AND Sweeteners?
This is a big question to improve gut health. It’s an IMPORTANT consideration too.
My next article will have some healthy ways to get rid of the sugar and sweetener habit.
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