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Artificial Sweetener in cakes and drinks may harm your gut health

Scientists link neotame to increased risk of IBS, sepsis, and more


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Neotame, a sweetener used in cakes, drinks and chewing gum, can damage the gut.

Consumption may lead to irritable bowel syndrome, insulin resistance, and sepsis.

Neotame harms gut health by turning good bacteria to diseased and making them invade the gut wall.

This process weakens the gut barrier and can cause illness.

The study is the first to show neotame's damaging impact on healthy gut bacteria.

Prior studies showed that other sweeteners like saccharin and aspartame have similar effects.

Researchers call for further study on the risks of recently developed sweeteners.

Even low neotame intake may be harmful, and European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is reviewing its safety.

Study led by Havovi Chichger from Anglia Ruskin University, published in Frontiers in Nutrition.

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Anglia Ruskin University

Public research university for UK and international students

Frontiers in Nutrition

Open access journal delivering informaton in the field of Human and Clinical Nutrition.

Havovi Chichger

Associate Professor in Biomedical Science at Anglia Ruskin University

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Artificial Sweetener in cakes and drinks may harm your gut health