Artificial Sweeteners Toxic to Digestive System: Scientists

Here is yet another study demonstrating that the synthetic additives in artificial sweeteners can be harmful to human health.  In this latest study scientists found that six of the most popular synthetic sweeteners are toxic to the digestive system:  aspartame, sucralose, saccharine, neotame, advantame, and acesulfame potassium-k

Researchers also found that 10 sport supplements containing these artificial sweeteners were found to be toxic to the digestive system–even at relatively low levels (only one mg./ml. of the artificial sweeteners).


 

Artificial sweeteners have toxic effects on gut microbes

FDA-approved artificial sweeteners and sport supplements were found to be toxic to digestive gut microbes, according to a new paper published in Molecules by researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) in Israel and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

The collaborative study indicated relative toxicity of six artificial sweeteners (aspartame, sucralose, saccharine, neotame, advantame, and acesulfame potassium-k) and 10 sport supplements containing these artificial sweeteners. The bacteria found in the digestive system became toxic when exposed to concentrations of only one mg./ml. of the artificial sweeteners.

“This is further evidence that consumption of artificial sweeteners adversely affects gut microbial activity which can cause a wide range of health issues.”

-Dr. Stella Goldstein-Goren, Department of Biotechnology Engineering, and member of the Ilse Katz Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology and the National Institute for Biotechnology in the Negev


 

Journal Reference: Dorin Harpaz, Loo Yeo, Francesca Cecchini, Trish Koon, Ariel Kushmaro, Alfred Tok, Robert Marks, Evgeni Eltzov. Measuring Artificial Sweeteners Toxicity Using a Bioluminescent Bacterial Panel. Molecules, 2018; 23 (10): 2454

Study: DOI: 10.3390/molecules23102454

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