Ditch the Diet Coke? Artificial sweeteners are toxic to stomach bacteria - study

Diet Coke is one of the most popular soft drinks in the world, but it seems that this is dangerous to the stomach.

According to study, the sweeteners found in Diet Coke and other soft drinks could damage your gut bacteria.



A study from Ben-Gurion university of the Negev found that six artificial sweeteners - aspartame, sucralose, saccharine, neotame, advantame, and acesulfame potassium-k - are toxic to bacterial found in the digestive system, the Mirror reported.

Studies found the importance of gut bacteria to a person's overall health - with bad bacteria linked to a range of diseases from obesity to bowel diseases, even Alzheimer's.

It found that the bacteria in the digestive system became toxic when exposed to tiny concentrations of the sweeteners.

The Sun reported that all six of the sweeteners were exposed to bacteria that are commonly found in the gut, and these bacteria were then genetically modified to contain fluorescent compounds which glow when they detect toxins. The scientist found that toxins were released when gut bacteria were exposed to each artificial sweetener, and it only took one mg/ml of the artificial sweeteners to turn the bacteria toxic..

A can of diet coke contains around 180mg of aspartame.

Scientists had come into the conclusion that consumption of artificial sweeteners adversely affects gut microbial activity which can cause a wide range of health issues.


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