If you are still using artificial sweeteners you are ruining your gut microbiome. It is important to have a healthy gut flora because it helps us digest certain foods that the stomach and small intestine are able to digest, it also helps with the production of some vitamins like K and B, it is an important part of our immune system. A healthy and balanced gut microbiota critical in ensuring proper digestive functioning.
According to a study published in the journal Molecules, researchers found that six common artificial sweeteners approved by the FDA and 10 sport supplements that contained them were found to be toxic to the digestive gut microbes of mice.
Researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore tested the toxicity of aspartame, sucralose, saccharine, neotame, advantame, and acesulfame potassium-k. They observed that when exposed to only 1 milligram per milliliter of the artificial sweeteners, the bacteria found in the digestive system became toxic.
“This is further evidence that consumption of artificial sweeteners adversely affects gut microbial activity which can cause a wide range of health issues,” Ariel Kushmaro, a professor in BGU’s department of biotechnology engineering, said in a press release.”
The only sweeteners we use in our house are raw honey, for our kids and stevia. Mostly kids use it, K and I do not add sweeteners to anything. For bulletproof coffee, we add coconut cream and it has a natural sweetness to it.
Here is the link to the research summary at Medical Press.
To your health,