AR­TI­FI­CIAL SWEET­EN­ERS FOUND TO BE HARM­FUL TO GUT BAC­TE­RIA

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YOU MIGHT WANT TO LAY OFF THAT CAN OF COKE.

Sci­en­tists from Is­rael and Sin­ga­pore have found six com­mon ar­ti­fi­cial sweet­en­ers as well as ten sport sup­ple­ments to be toxic to di­ges­tive bac­te­ria. How­ever, this study was done in the lab in test tubes, so you could take this news with… a spoon­ful of sugar to help it di­gest. Each sweet­ener or sup­ple­ment was tested on dif­fer­ent strains of E. coli, which is a com­mon com­po­nent in the gut ecosys­tem, and all were found to change the DNA struc­ture of the bac­te­ria, al­beit to dif­fer­ent ex­tents. While the bac­te­ria may be dam­aged, the ar­ti­fi­cial chem­i­cals aren’t in them­selves poi­sonous to hu­mans, although high con­sump­tion of such foods has been known to cre­ate health is­sues in peo­ple. This par­tic­u­lar test, though, does not trans­late to hu­mans as the con­cen­tra­tion of sweet­en­ers the bac­te­ria were ex­posed to is much higher than what is nor­mally found in a can of your favourite fizzy drink.

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