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Artificial sweetners may change your gut bacteria in dangerous ways

Posted by Charles Lubbe on

Researchers have concluded from studies of mice that ingesting artificial sweeteners might lead to—of all things—obesity and related ailments such as diabetes. This study was not the first to note this link in animals, but it was the first to find evidence of a plausible cause: the sweeteners appear to change the population of intestinal bacteria that direct metabolism, the conversion of food to energy or stored fuel. And this result suggests the connection might also exist in humans.In humans, as well as mice, the ability to digest and extract energy from our food is determined not only by our...

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