Using sweetener causes changes in the gut, study shows

  • Mariana Alvim
  • From BBC News Brazil in Sao Paulo

Three wooden containers with different sweeteners

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Published study with volunteers and guinea pigs demonstrates the impacts of aspartame, saccharin, stevia and sucralose on the body

The sweeteners aspartame, saccharin, stevia and sucralose significantly impact the microbiota of our body, notably the intestinal microbiota, according to a study published this Friday (19/8) in the scientific journal cell.

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

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

These sweeteners contain no or almost no calories and nutrients, unlike added or naturally occurring sugars — in fruit, for example.

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