Artificial Sweeteners Implicated in Dangerous Gut Changes

Certain gut bacteria may induce metabolic changes following exposure to artificial sweeteners

Date: September 17, 2014 Source: Weizmann Institute of Science

This image depicts gut microbiota.

Credit: Weizmann Institute of Science

Artificial sweeteners — promoted as aids to weight loss and diabetes prevention — could actually hasten the development of glucose intolerance and metabolic disease, and they do so in a surprising way: by changing the composition and function of the gut microbiota

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