Some Gut Microbes Love Diet Soda... and They're Not the Good Guys

September 22, 2014 5:41 PM

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Some Gut Microbes Love Diet Soda... and They're Not the Good Guys

Consumers are getting increasingly more worried about sugar. That's led to consumption of ever-growing amounts of non-caloric sweeteners such as Equal, Splenda, Sweet'N Low and Stevia. It's a whole-population uncontrolled experiment, long underway, with some mystifying outcomes: Diet drinks are associated with weight gain in several long-term, large studies, even after one controls for the fact that heavier people are more likely to choose diet drinks.

... replacing added sugars with non-caloric sweeteners may reduce calorie intake in the short term, yet questions remain about their effectiveness as a weight management strategy.

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