New research on artificial sweeteners’ not-so-sweet effects

Interesting to read about another study considering the influence of gut bacteria, this one in connection with glucose intolerance and the potential unexpected effects of consuming non-caloric artificial sweeteners (e.g., saccharin (think Sweet N’Low), aspartame (think Equal), and sucralose (think Splenda).

In sum, the authors’ work suggests that “artificial sweeteners induce glucose intolerance by altering the gut microbiota.”

The headline links to the summary in the New York Times; the original article was published in the 17 September 2014 issue of Nature (subscription or article-based fee required).