A recent New York Times article reported that a new study on artificial sweeteners found they can disrupt the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar. This can cause metabolic changes potentially leading to Type 2 diabetes. In a series of experiments, performed mostly on mice, scientists found that sweeteners alter the microbiome, the population of bacteria that is in the digestive system. This different mix of microbes changes the metabolism of glucose, causing levels to rise higher after eating and to decline more slowly than they otherwise would. A change in the microbiomes has been linked to several conditions including obesity and diabetes. In the same study, researchers also tracked the effects of nutrition and intestinal bacteria on an individual’s long-term health. For the non-diabetic participants, researchers found a correlation between the use of artificial sweeteners and signs of glucose intolerance. In addition, the intestinal bacteria of those who used artificial sweeteners were different from those who did not.
Researchers of this study advise that the findings are not conclusive enough to make particular recommendations, but instead should start a healthy discussion around this topic. Previous studies on this topic have also been inconclusive.
The American Diabetes Association suggests recipes that use artificial sweeteners as a good option for a sweet tooth fix, providing a low calorie and low carbohydrate option. While these products are a workable alternative to sugary food and drinks, it is recommended to use these products in moderation until more is known regarding the effects of artificial sweeteners on the body.
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