Researchers have found that artificial sweeteners are toxic to our gut bacteria. They found that toxins were developed when gut bacteria was exposed to artificial sweeteners like aspartame. These pesky man-made sweeteners have previously been linked to migraine, obesity, cancer, type 2 diabetes and liver toxicity. This is even more evidence that artificial sweeteners should be avoided at all costs!
As far as I’m concerned the whole sugar tax palaver has put us in a worse position health wise and sugar have been replaced with toxic artificial sweeteners.
If there’s anything I hope I have taught my kids It’s to always chose natural sugars over the altricial variety – every time.
These sweeteners are also an environmental pollutants as they are resistant to waste-water treatments according to research. This was news to me but I can’t say I’m surprised.
When I was a teenager I constantly drank Coca-Cola Light as It was called in Sweden at the time and one of my best friends who was studying medicine told me aspartame was linked to brain cancer. He never touch the stuff after that. I wish I had stopped there and then.
Perhaps my diet-coke-habit was part of the reason my first-born developed multiple food allergies when he was little. Microbes are passed on from Mothers to babies at birth and through breastfeeding and researchers have found that allergi and asthma in babies and toddlers are linked to low levels of certain bacteria.
Anyhow, I can only recommend that you read the labels, especially on chewing gum, vitamins, flavored yoghurt and soft drinks. It’s everywhere.
And if you are desperate for a coke always go for the original.
And then let’s FEED our good gut bacteria with healthy foods and fermented foods and drinks!