It has been demonstrated in several studies, over and over again, that consumption of sugar sweetened beverages would be associated with increased risk for type 2 diabetes. What about the “sugar free” beverages? Are these artificially sweetened drinks a healthier choice?
Well we have several studies demonstrating that the risk of type 2 diabetes is also dramatically increased in individuals who choose to drink artificially sweetened beverages.
I will go to a recent report published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, where French researchers evaluated more than 66,000 women over a 14 year period. They found that those who chose sugar sweetened beverages did in fact have an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes, by about 34%. Whereas, those choosing artificially sweetened beverages had a risk increase for Type 2 diabetes that was more than twice.
In the interpretations of these findings: Artificially sweetened beverages, don’t cause the body to secrete insulin, may therefore not stimulate the satiety response. This lack of appetite suppression ultimately leads to increased calorie consumption in the form of other foods.
In a more recent study relating consumption of artificial sweeteners to diabetes, Researchers demonstrated that in both laboratory animals as well as humans, glucose intolerance (which sets the stage for full blown diabetes) is related to changes in the gut bacteria induced by artificial sweeteners.
October 1, 2018
American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
The collaborative study indicated relative toxicity of six artificial sweeteners (aspartame, sucralose, saccharine, neotame, advantame, and acesulfame potassium-k) and 10 sport supplements containing these artificial sweeteners. The bacteria found in the digestive system became toxic when exposed to concentrations of only one mg./ml. of the artificial sweeteners.
It is the Microbiome that helps regulate all manner of metabolism within the human body having a key role in determining how we handle sugar and carbs, how many calories are extracted from our foods, and even whether we feel hungry or satisfied. Beyond these functions, our gut bacteria even plays a Key role in the regulation of chemicals that affect our mood from one moment to the next – the neurotransmitters.
My advice for you is to refrain from artificial sweeteners with the exception of stevia and Monk fruit as they represent a critical threat to your delicate and life supporting gut bacteria.