Calorie-free products such as stevia, aspartame or sucralose are widely used and popular as sugar substitutes. A new study shows what influence the substances have on the microbiome of the intestine.
Too much sugar leads to extra pounds and increases the risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Artificial sweeteners such as sucralose, saccharin and aspartame, as well as the plant-based sweetener stevia, are said to help reduce consumption and are therefore popular with many. But do these sweeteners actually slip through our gastrointestinal tract without consequences?