Artificial Sweeteners Aren’t Dangerous

Why you shouldn’t worry about your gut microbiome

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Pictured: Not dangerous

Baffling Bacteria

Our gut is a wonderfully complex place, made up of a huge array of organisms that can both help and hinder digestion, and have a big impact on our health. This ecosystem is known as the ‘gut microbiome’, and a lot of research is currently underway to try and understand how we can promote health in this weird and wacky world.

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These little guys
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Pictured: Poison?

Scientific Shenanigans

There are a few major holes in this theory. Firstly, the study that we’re talking about actually only looked at a single bacteria — E. Coli — and only a few strains. There are literally millions of different bacteria living in your gut, so extrapolating from this one to all of the others is…problematic.

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Pictured: Not cells in a dish

Muddling Media

It looks like all of the media fuss was based on nothing but hot air. Instead of headlines saying “Artificial Sweeteners Are Bad For Your Gut Microbiome”, we should’ve been seeing “High Concentrations Of Artificial Sweeteners May Negatively Impact E. Coli In The Gut But We Aren’t Sure Yet About Any Of This”.

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