Artificial sweeteners linked to abnormal glucose metabolism

Artificial sweeteners, promoted as aids to weight loss and diabetes
prevention, could actually hasten the development of glucose intolerance
and metabolic disease; and they do it in a surprising way: by changing
the composition and function of the gut microbiota – the substantial
population of bacteria residing in our intestines. These findings, the
results of experiments in mice and humans, were published today in Nature.
Among other things, says Dr. Eran Elinav of the Weizmann Institute's
Immunology Department, who led this research together with Prof. Eran
Segal of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics Department, the
widespread use of artificial sweeteners in drinks and food may be
contributing to the obesity and diabetes epidemic that is sweeping much
of the world.

Artificial sweeteners induce glucose intolerance by altering the gut microbiota

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