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Shocking Facts about Artificial Sweeteners and Your Gut

Here’s a rundown of three problems artificial sweeteners could cause.

1. Fake Sweeteners Cause Glucose Intolerance

One study suggests Splenda, a popular sucralose-based sweetener, can decrease good bacteria levels in the gut. [1] But it’s not just sucralose; other studies suggest all artificial sweeteners can actually influence the microbiota (your gut’s bacteria). This loss of good bacteria can lead to glucose intolerance, something that could lead to diabetes. 

2. Artificial Sweeteners Lead to Weight Gain

If you’re using artificial sweeteners and sugar, you might want to know that a recent report suggests fake sweeteners can actually change the way your body processes sugar. Yes, while this could raise blood sugar, leading to a bigger issue like diabetes, weight gain is also an outcome. Because these sweeteners contain no calories, they’re not digested, but they still have to travel through the gut. While there, they “may favor the growth of bacteria that make more calories available to us, calories that can then find their way to our hips, thighs and midriffs.” 

3. Sugar Damages Your Gut Flora

Another recent study even suggests sugar can promote the growth of bad bacteria in the gut.  This could lead to irritation in the gut, which could even manifest itself as an autoimmune response (allergies and skin conditions are two milder problems). There’s even recent evidence suggesting depression is actually your body’s response to swelling in the gut. 

Restoring the Health of Your Gut

While the best thing you can do is cut sugar and artificial sweeteners out of your life altogether, that probably isn’t practical advice for most people. A more achievable goal is to reduce the number of sweets you eat as much as possible and further support your gut health with a quality probiotic. For comprehensive gut support, consider Global Healing Center’s Gut Health Kit™. This kit features a 30-day supply of our finest supplements for maintaining a healthy gut, including probiotics. Our Gut Health Kit is one of the easiest ways to fully support a healthy gut microbiota and a healthy life. What do you do to keep a healthy gut? Tell us about it in the comments below.

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