imagesFirst of all, artificial sweeteners are linked to diabetes, so let’s not even go there. According to a new study, reaching for “fake” sugars means trading calories for type 2 diabetes — no thanks! A better choice would be to eat organic honey and exercise, but doctors don’t tell you that. So we turn to research for validation. In the journal Nature, they’ve been debating the risks of artificial sweeteners for decades, but the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel figured out that diet sodas ruin your gut microbes, thus ruining immunity. Since artificial sweeteners cannot be digested, and phosphoric acid is brutal on the flora to begin with, the combination is leading to diabetes, and microbes seem to provide the missing link as to “why.” Most of the discussions in the past involved confusion about something that wasn’t being digested leading to diabetes, but this study conducted with 400 human test subjects is groundbreaking.

Aspartame, sucralose and saccharine put under the “diabetes microscope”

“In a series of experiments in mice and people, the researchers examined the interaction between gut microbes and consumption of the sweeteners aspartame, sucralose and saccharine. Depending on the types of microbes they had in their intestines, some people and mice saw a two- to fourfold increase in blood sugars after consuming the artificial sweeteners for a short time. Over time, high blood sugar levels can lead to diabetes,” said Eran Segal, a study co-author who is a computational biologist at the Weizmann Institute.

“The magnitude of the differences were not just a few percentages. These were actually very dramatic differences we saw both in the mice and in the human settings.”

The study also revealed that those who consumed the most artificial sweeteners were more likely to have problems controlling blood sugar.

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