Artificial sweeteners may alter gut bacteria, blood sugar

A new study published in the journal Nature reveals some pretty provocative findings about artificial sweeteners' effects on blood sugar. Researchers found that noncaloric sweeteners such as aspartame, saccharine and sucralose disrupt the gut's balance of friendly and unfriendly bacteria and in turn raise blood sugar. This may increase risk of type 2 diabetes. The researchers conducted a series of experiments on mice and humans. Click here to view the study.

The Calorie Countrol Council and some prominent health groups aren't buying these results, citing several limitations of the study. 

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