Artificial Sweeteners are Toxic to Gut Bacteria, Study Shows

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A new study, led by researchers at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, demonstrates the toxicity effect of artificial sweeteners on Escherichia coli (E. coli), a sensing model representative of the gut bacteria. Artificial sweeteners are an important class of sugar substitutes known as high-intensity sweeteners. These substances provide a sweeter taste than sugar

Artificial sweeteners are an important class of sugar substitutes known as high-intensity sweeteners.

These substances provide a sweeter taste than sugar and also enhance food flavor, while contributing very little to energy intake.

The Food and Drug Authority (FDA) has approved the use of six artificial sweeteners, which includes aspartame, sucralose, saccharin, advantame, neotame and acesulfame potassium-k (ace-k), in food and beverages. The recent EU legislation has also approved these artificial sweeteners.

Many different population groups consume the added ingredient, with or without their knowledge. This is especially common with athletes who devote full-time care to their diet, which often include sport supplements to improve their physical performance in trainings and competitions

“The results of our study might help in understanding the relative toxicity of artificial sweeteners and the potential of negative effects on the gut microbial community as well as the environment,” saod study co-authors Professor Ariel Kushmaro, from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

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