Artificial sweeteners have been long been touted as an easy weight loss tool. Experts once believed that replacing sugar with aspartame was a simple swap to aid in weight loss and stave off diabetes. New research reveals that artificial sweeteners can do more harm than good.
What’s Wrong with Fake Sweeteners?
The health effects of aspartame and artificial sweeteners are more complicated than we once thought. Studies show that artificial sweeteners aren’t absorbed by the gastrointestinal tract during digestion, but instead pass straight through the body. However, this does not mean they are harmless!
On their way through our systems, artificial sweeteners disrupt the bacteria that live in our intestines—known as gut microbia, or more generally as the microbiome. The microbiome is very sensitive and is directly impacted by what we consume. Everything from antibiotics to artificial sweeteners can disrupt the balance of your microbiome, leading to a myriad of health concerns.
What Does the Science Say?
Researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Science recently conducted an in-depth study of the effect of artificial sweeteners on the metabolism and microbiomes of mice as well as humans.
The conclusion of these investigations in mice indicates that artificial sweeteners can cause glucose intolerance and a negative effect on the mice gut microbiome. The research in humans suggests that the artificial sweeteners can cause an inflammatory reaction in the gut microbiota, resulting in glucose intolerance and a disruption of the human microbiome. This disruption has been known to contribute to Irritable Bowel Syndrome, allergies, diabetes, and even acne.
Stevia: A Natural Sugar Alternative
Stevia is a calorie free natural sweetener that appears to be less problematic than its artificial counterparts. Derived from the plant stevia rebaudiana, stevia has been used for centuries as a natural sweetener in South America. In 2008 stevia was granted GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) status by the FDA for the highly purified extract of stevia called rebaudioside A (also known reb A or Rebiana).
There is some evidence indicating that stevia is metabolically different than the larger group of artificial sweeteners and does nothing to change eating habits or hurt metabolism. A 2010 study in the journal Appetite tested several artificial sweeteners, including stevia, as compared to sugar. This study found that people did not overeat after consuming a meal made with stevia instead of sugar; in fact, their blood sugar was lower. Additionally, eating food with stevia resulted in lower insulin levels than eating either sucrose or aspartame. To date, there are no indications that stevia has any effect on the human microbiome.
Quench Your Gut’s Thirst
Now that we know about the negative effects of artificial sweeteners, it’s more important than ever to kick the fake sugar habit—and restore your microbiome with probiotics that fit your lifestyle. H2PRO is a probiotic powder that can be mixed with any liquid. Many mass-market probiotics you see on grocery store shelves contain only one or two probiotic strains—H2PRO contains a blend of four probiotic species to help your gut repopulate with beneficial bacteria.
Most importantly, H2PRO tastes great without artificial sweeteners. The H2PRO Flavorless products are completely free of all sweeteners, including sugar, artificial sweeteners, or stevia. The H2PRO flavored products, such as H2PRO Immune Health Acai Berry, are lightly sweetened with natural stevia that is safe for you gastrointestinal microbiome.
Each of the H2PRO supplement blends also contains essential vitamins and micronutrients for a full body refresh.
So trade in gut-destroying diet sodas for a zero-calorie probiotic drink that refreshes as it restores balance to your microbiome. Try H2PRO and discover how you can #loveyourguts!