Seeking the Sweet Spot, from Mouth to Microbiome

September 23, 2014 3:07 PM

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A study out last week in the top-tier journal Nature told us that non-caloric artificial sweeteners (NAS) may contribute to glucose intolerance by mucking up our microbiomes. That's a serious indictment, since these products are intended to help defend against glucose intolerance, and other ills related to diabetes risk and weight gain. After all, they are replacements for sugars that have already been comparably indicted.

The study, which received considerable media attention and may already have caught yours, was both elegant, and complicated. It was actually one paper, but a series of studies in both mice and people. Most of the work was in mice, where the introduction of NAS -- specifically saccharin, aspartame, o...

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