Artificial Sweeteners Linked to Obesity and Diabetes?

Many of you know that I, and naturopaths in general, have been saying for years that artificial sweeteners confuse the insulin system and the body treats them the same way as sugar, we reckon.  Certainly, I have never recommended them in cases of diabetes or for weight loss. I have recommended certain ones like xylitol from birch in cases of candida where the xylitol can be used as a sugar substitute as it doesn’t feed candida.

Here today is a study published in Nature that suggests that the sweeteners may indeed be confusing the glucose tolerance system. Lot more research to prove it yet, but…

You can read the Nature abstract here:

Artificial sweeteners induce glucose intolerance by altering the gut microbiota

or a Guardian story about it here:

Artificial sweeteners may promote diabetes, claim scientists

Read more about the different types of sweetener here on Diabetes UK’s site – who may need to look at their recommendation of sweeteners again before too long then.

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