Study shows sweetener use causes changes in the gut - BBC News Brasil

Study shows sweetener use causes changes in the gut – BBC News Brasil

  • Mariana Alvim
  • From BBC News Brazil in Sao Paulo

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A published study with volunteers and guinea pigs showing the effect of aspartame, saccharin, stevia and sucralose on the body.

A study published on Friday (19/8) in the Scientific Journal showed that the sweeteners aspartame, saccharin, stevia and sucralose significantly affect the body’s microbiota, in particular the intestinal flora. prison cell.

In the case of saccharin and sucralose, there is also a significant increase in glucose levels – which is exactly what the consumption of these elements seeks to avoid.

According to the team of scientists responsible for the study, the results show that the so-called non-nutritive sweeteners (NNS) are not “inert” in the human body, as was previously thought, and caution should be exercised when using these products, especially in people with diseases and metabolic disorders such as diabetes. and obesity.

These sweeteners have virtually no or no calories or nutrients, unlike added or naturally occurring sugars — in fruit, for example.

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