Sweetener does it hurt? It could harm your health
Replace sugar with sweetener does not protect us. In fact, one study has highlighted as a particular type of sweetener may be detrimental to health. This was reported by "La Stampa"
"For several years now rule the fashion of the Zero, which is often misleading to the idea that food and beverages sweetened with artificial sweeteners are better than those containing sugar. Given that all foods and drinks containing sugar would largely be taken with caution - and often avoid altogether - the fact that they are instead sweetened with these alternatives is not synonymous with safety to health; Indeed, as evidenced by a study, the problems may be different. "
The Turin daily explains that "in an article published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, researchers at Duke University Medical Center report the results of a study in which we highlight the side effects of one of the active ingredients contained in a popular sweetener : sucralose (or E955). "
So what are the side effects of sucralose, why does it hurt?
Dr. Susan Schiffan, who conducted the research, she discovered that she and her colleagues "sucralose may limit the effects of drugs, alter the intestinal flora and beneficial alter hormone secretion."
With the tests, which were conducted on rats, were compared to "the effects of sucralose (1.1%), glucose and maltodextrin." The mice were administered the sweetener for 12 weeks, "after which the analyzes were performed that included the analysis of bacterial faecal samples and the measurement of fecal pH"
And, writes La Stampa, "the results showed that the artificial sweetener had caused various adverse effects in rats, including a reduction in beneficial fecal microflora, an increase in fecal pH and increased levels of expression of P-gp, CYP3A4 and CYP2D1, which are known to limit the bioavailability of drugs administered orally. "
Dr. Schiffman has written about:
"At the concentrations typically used in food and beverages, sucralose eliminates the beneficial bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract, with a minor effect on pathogenic bacteria. Most consumers are not aware of these effects, because there is no warning label on products containing sucralose. "
In addition, the researchers "argued that the change in the balance of gastrointestinal bacteria has been associated with weight gain and obesity. At high levels, then, sucralose also causes DNA damage. And, according to the researchers, these biological effects occur with the intake of sucralose at levels currently approved by regulatory agencies for use in the food chain. "
The advice is therefore to find soon a way to replace the sweetener.