Taise Spolti - Watch out for sweeteners: they can be misleading

Taise Spolti – Watch out for sweeteners: they can be misleading

On August 19, a new study was published in the journal prison cell, and linking the use of nutritional sweeteners to intestinal changes. Our intestinal flora, as well as other microorganisms present in our body, play very important roles in the synthesis of nutrients, the absorption of compounds important for our body and, above all, defense against pathogenic microorganisms.

Intestinal microbiota suffers from the interference of everything we are exposed to: pollution, contaminated water and food, diet, stress, medications, and in addition to all the list we already know, now, with this study, we can include interference in the list of our intestinal health through the consumption of sweeteners.

You should now ask yourself: “But I’m not used to eating sweeteners anyway… How does that affect me?”

Our food is undergoing a transformation, which began a few years ago, and is increasingly moving towards a higher industrial profile, with this said, you, whether you like it or not, noticed it or not, are consuming sweeteners. Even worse, artificial sweeteners.

With this information in hand, along with this assertion by scientists that our gut health is greatly influenced by sweetener consumption, we should be on the alert, because so much of our overall health depends on good gut health. And as we know, the consumption of sweeteners is disguised.

You might choose foods that have the health logo, with this message that they are lower in calories, that they are complete, that they contain fewer sugars, and that they are high in protein, but in reality, in the ingredients list, you are consuming a highly processed food with a list of five chemical ingredients At least: a sweetener (like a sweetener, where it has the role of a sweetener), preservatives (generally in pairs), emulsifiers, coloring agents, and a classic antifoam. , or a stabilizing agent, and an antioxidant, the list goes on and on.

When the consumption of these foods is low, the risk is also low, but what worries us is that the consumption is increasing in all families, who can find in these ultra-processed foods the least expensive value of family food, compared to pure meat and rice of good origin or natural foods.

This obviously generates a very broad discussion of social inequality, but I’ll refrain from that when it comes to the column: Your health is affected by hidden dangers that you don’t realize.

And one of the alarm bells here: What’s in your gut microbiome, and how your whole body responds to it.

How does he respond?

Basically, simply put, dysbiosis – the lack of control over the growth of pathological microorganisms in the intestinal microorganism, which reduces and makes it impossible for the organism to defend itself with beneficial microorganisms, impairs the synthesis of nutrients, the absorption of nutrients important for metabolism, nervous functions And even behavioral – more hunger, less satiety, addictive and addictive tendencies, changes in behavior.

But this term includes a number of important factors that need to be discussed, such as microbial resistance to Escherichia coliBacteriostatic effect on Streptococcus species, both of which have been shown to be a consequence of sucralose consumption.

Sweeteners usually pass through the digestive tract without being fully digested, reach the intestine completely, and there, causing these interferences in the microbial culture. Among the significant changes noted by this study, the following stand out:

Changes in the perception of sweet and sour, changes in the immune system, stimulation of growth of pathogenic microorganisms and species, inhibition of beneficial species and changes in mediating factors. And it doesn’t stop there, oral germs have also been affected.

Consumption of these sweeteners, namely sodium saccharin, aspartame, stevia, sucralose (but we can include other substances that are not included in the study, but are widely used sweeteners in industry: acesulfame-k, sorbitol, xylitol, cyclamate, mannitol, isomalt , thaumatin, maltitol) daily in almost everyone’s diet, whether in crackers, wholemeal bread, dairy drinks, or even sausage, condiments and condiments.

Another important condition that you should be aware of is that the choice of consumption of sweeteners is usually made, and indicated, so that the consumption of sugar is reduced. This, in turn, is just as harmful as a sweetener, due to the amounts ingested.

As you can see, as you put two drops in one, with the other you need two spoons. In addition, the use of sweetener was not effective in controlling metabolism, as germs have an essential role in metabolic health, and consumption of both (sugar and sweeteners) is present in metabolic syndrome, obesity and poor glycemic control, for example. For example, there is a danger to diabetics, who consume sweeteners so that there are no insulin spikes, however, what is known so far is that the sweetener also changes blood glucose (especially in the case of saccharin and sucralose).

Well, that sugar consumption is a crucial point that should always be highlighted in the guidelines for good health, prevention and treatment of disease, this is not discussed, but what remains is that changing habits should really be the basis for effective treatments.

Well, I think as a nutritionist, a patient who is looking for sweet taste will do so with a sweetener, and not change his consumption of sweet foods, even with a sweetener index, so that the patient changes his behavior with the time of treatment by looking for sweets, reducing sugar and sweeteners, and thus maintaining the existing disease a priori, or prevented.

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