Do you consume artificial sweeteners? I have to confess that I do. It's one of those guilty pleasures that I indulge in: I have the vague sense that these chemicals cannot possibly be good for me, yet dang. I really love Diet Pepsi. I've tried repeatedly to quit drinking the stuff but somehow I end up with a bubbly glassful in my hand far too often.
After reading this article, thanks to a Sjogren's Forum tweet, I've decided that I'm going cold turkey and give all Nutrasweet, Splenda, and all their other artificial sweetener pals the boot from our house. Read this from the New York Times Well column, entitled Artificial Sweeteners May Disrupt Body’s Blood Sugar Controls written by Kenneth Chang:
Artificial sweeteners may disrupt the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar, causing metabolic changes that can be a precursor to diabetes, researchers are reporting.
That is “the very same condition that we often aim to prevent” by consuming sweeteners instead of sugar, said Dr. Eran Elinav, an immunologist at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, at a news conference to discuss the findings.
The scientists performed a multitude of experiments, mostly on mice, to back up their assertion that the sweeteners alter the microbiome, the population of bacteria that is in the digestive system.
The different mix of microbes, the researchers contend, changes the metabolism of glucose, causing levels to rise higher after eating and to decline more slowly than they otherwise would.
The findings by Dr. Elinav and his collaborators in Israel, including Eran Segal, a professor of computer science and applied mathematics at Weizmann, are being published Wednesday by the journal Nature.So buh bye, Crystal Light. I do a great job keeping me pudgy all by myself. I don't need your help, thank you very much.