Artificial Sweeteners

When I see “no added sugar”, I instantly think, what chemical was added then?
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“No added sugar” a lot of times means it’s been replaced with an artificial sweetener, like ace - k, sucralose, or aspartame. It usually does not mean they truly kept out all sweeteners (in few cases that might be the case). **If there is no added sugar due to using stevia leaves or monk fruit and no other fillers added, then I’m ok with it!
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But marketing has made many think no sugar added is the better choice. No added sugar gatorades for the kids, no added sugar popsicles, no added protein snacks. When in reality the artificial sweetener is no better off than the actual sugar!
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An artificial sweetener found in a lot of no sugar added products is SUCRALOSE:
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👉🏻Research on sucralose suggests that it may damage good gut bacteria. Rats fed sucralose at levels that mimic actual human consumption saw a nearly 50% decrease in beneficial gut bacteria, their intestinal pH (a measure of acidity) rose, and they developed heightened enzyme levels, which could interfere with absorbing other nutrients and drugs. (1).
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🌟WHY IS THIS SO IMPORTANT?
Studies are now showing that the gut is linked to so many other health conditions. This article from John Hopkins (2) states how our gut is linked to our immune system, Inflammation, our lungs, intestinal diseases, and more. And research is also showing how our gut is related to anxiety and depression (3).
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Our gut plays a huge part in how we feel!
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1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18800291
2. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/research/advancements-in-research/fundamentals/in-depth/the-gut-where-bacteria-and-immune-system-meet
3. https://www.cell.com/trends/neurosciences/fulltext/S0166-2236(13)00008-8?_returnURL=https%3A%2F%2Flinkinghub.elsevier.com%2Fretrieve%2Fpii%2FS0166223613000088%3Fshowall%3Dtrue