this study points out that intestine microbes are killed when using artificial sweeteners. see url with my name, Kyo.this is the juicy part....."Elinav then completed a controlled experiment to compliment theobservational data: He recruited seven healthy volunteers, ages 28-36, whonormally avoid artificial sweeteners, and told them to consume the maximumamount of the FDA's acceptable daily intake of saccharine for a week (At 5milligrams per kilogram of weight, that's like a 150-lb. person eating ninepackets of Sweet 'n Low, according to Greatist). Throughout the week,researchers monitored their gut bacteria by examining their feces.After seven days, four out of seven participants had begun to developglucose intolerance. The evolution of their gut bacteria over the course ofthe week might explain why. The people who became glucose intolerant had"pronounced compositional changes" in their microbiota. Those changes couldhave been in response to the artificial sweeteners, suggest the studyauthors.We have an estimated 100 trillion bacteria in our intestines, and theyhelp us digest our food. But they don't just help break down our food;emerging research like Elinav's links imbalances in gut bacteria toconditions like obesity, Type 1 diabetes, celiac disease and Crohn'sdisease, just to name a few.It could be that the key to managing or even preventing such illnesses iscatering to that bacteria, and in the case of obesity and diabetes, thatcould mean avoiding artificial sweeteners."Artificial sweeteners were extensively introduced into our diets withthe intention of reducing caloric intake and normalizing blood glucoselevels without compromising the human 'sweet tooth,'" write the studyauthors. "Our findings suggest that [artificial sweeteners] may havedirectly contributed to enhancing the exact epidemic that they themselveswere intended to fight."Of course, this study doesn't mean that plunging headfirst into drinkswith real sugar in them are any healthier -- the American DiabetesAssociation recommends avoiding sugary drinks like sweet tea, juice, sodaand sports drinks altogether in order to prevent diabetes.May we suggest a piece of fruit to satisfy that sweet tooth?end
Yes you're very correct about the danger fruit juices ice teas, and such pose to us with diabetes. However you're also on the money about straight out fruit consumption.I'm chowing down on peaches, and melons as I post!Good to hear from you again Kyo...miss you!