A study recently published in the scientific journal cell suggests that the sweeteners aspartame, saccharin, sucralose and stevia can have a significant impact on microbiota of our organism, in particular in the intestine.
Additionally, research has also revealed that in the case of saccharin and sucralose, used as sugar substitutes in the diet, there is also a significant increase in glucose levels.
According to the team of scientists, contrary to what was thought of the non-nutritive sweeteners (ENN)these substances are not “inert” in the body.
“We cannot make a recommendation for or against the use of these sweeteners, but we believe that until further studies are conducted, caution is warranted,” Dr.
Despite this, the researcher claims that the research results do not mean that the sugar consumption is superior to sweeteners, but that both should be avoided, “especially by populations prone to or suffering from metabolic diseases” such as diabetes.
Sweeteners can cause intestinal upset
To microbiota — sets of bacteria, fungi and viruses generally beneficial to the body – can be impacted by sweeteners in different ways, depending on the study.
Eran Elinav explains that the use of these compounds can inhibit or stimulate the growth of certain species of microbes, as well as the modification of intermediate factors such as sweet or bitter taste receptors.
Thanks to a metagenomic analysis, i.e. with genetic material of microbes in 120 volunteersresearchers found that groups that consumed sweeteners had significant effects on intestinal and oral microbiota.
* With information from bbc brazil.