Artificial Sweetener Hurts Body Ability to Control Blood Sugar
Artificial sweeteners were invented more than a century ago as a cheaper sugar substitute, and, later, it was considered a smart solution for people could not eat sugar or who were looking to avoid blood sugar swings (diabetics).
Ironically, researchers are reporting that artificial sweeteners may actually contribute to the development of diabetes in some people.
In the latest study, artificial sweeteners disrupted the body’s blood sugar control, which defeats the whole purpose of people consuming sweeteners instead of sugar, said one of the study’s researchers.
The new study from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel included a variety of experiments, mostly on mice, and found that gut microbes (bacteria that helps digest food) can help explain why some people can handle artificial sweeteners while in a smaller number of people it will trigger diabetes.
The researchers looked at the interaction between gut microbes and consumption of the sweeteners aspartame, sucralose and saccharine. Depending on the types of microbes the subjects had in their intestines, some people and mice saw a doubled to quadrupled increase in blood sugar after consuming the artificial sweeteners for just one week.
Over time, elevated high blood sugar levels can lead to diabetes.
The health risks (and the benefits) of consuming artificial sweeteners have been debated for decades.
To sweeten coffee, drinks and dishes that call for sugar, the health coaches and nutritionists at PreD University recommends using organic stevia. Recent analysis of the studies show that stevia is able to inhibit the glucose absorption, increase insulin sensitivity and secretion, as well as slow down the gluconeogenesis (formation of glucose) in the liver.