Following the breaking scientific research published on September 17th* that showed that consuming the artificial sweeteners saccharin (Sweet’n Low), sucralose (Splenda) and aspartame (Equal) may actually lead to diabetes and obesity due to their impact on gut bacteria, we at The Tasteful Pantry have received questions from readers asking what is ok to eat if now artificial sweeteners are bad for us and sugar is bad for us? It’s a completely natural question to ask, especially if you know you have a sweet tooth. The short answer is, there is no one right answer for everyone, and as with many things, moderation is the key. However read on for more information to help you weigh your choices.
Breaking new scientific research emerged last week that showed that the consumption of artificial sweeteners may actually lead to more obesity and diabetes, two things that are just what many people use artificial sweeteners to avoid or minimize. The way they do this is not what you might expect – it’s through the bacteria that lives in our intestines. In the study, consumption of artificial sweeteners led to a change in the bacterial composition of volunteers’ intestines in such a way that the bacteria reacted to the chemical sweeteners by secreting substances that then provoked an inflammatory response similar to sugar overdose, promoting changes in the body’s ability to utilize sugar (aka glucose intolerance). Read more in the article below by Science Daily.
The FDA published a set of proposed changes to the nutrition facts label that we all know and probably-don’t-so-much love today. If you’re like me, you’ve probably had to do some math in your head at the grocery store to translate the information the nutrition panel is giving you “per serving” into what you’ll actually be consuming per package. One of the major changes that the FDA is proposing is to revise those serving sizes to reflect how much Americans are really eating per serving rather than how much they should be eating.