The Detrimental Effects of Artificial Sweeteners


When you’re shopping at the grocery store, you may reach for some go-to snacks such as baked or canned goods, candies, puddings, yogurts, or jams and jellies. While these may be a part of your weekly shopping list, each of these items contain an array of artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners are widely used in processed foods throughout the world. Although it may seem like sugar substitutes are a good idea for reducing calories in your diet, they can have detrimental effects on your body. Continue reading to learn more about how artificial sweeteners impact your overall health and wellness:


Weight Gain


While artificial sweeteners have been a controversial debate, many of them have been approved by the FDA. Approved as food-additives in the U.S., these six high-intensity sweeteners are sold on the shelves: saccharin, aspartame, acesulfame potassium (Ace-K), sucralose, neotame, and advantame. These sugar substitutes are popular for those who want to lose weight, or simply want to cut back on sugar intake.


Some report that they feel an increase in appetite and weight. The idea is that the artificial sweeteners do not leave you feeling satisfied after consumption. Since they taste sweet but lack the calories found in other foods, they’re believed to confuse the brain into still feeling hungry. But, others feel that artificial sweeteners have no effect on their weight or appetite. More studies need to be conducted for further results.


Digestive Troubles


If weight control isn’t at the top of your priority list, digestive health might be. Your gut health is based upon keeping your microbiome in-check. Your digestive tract houses billions of bacteria, and it’s important that your gut keeps a balance of good and bad bacteria, otherwise digestive complications can occur. When the bad bacteria in your gut outgrows the good, it can lead to weight irregularities, skin irritations, food intolerances, autoimmune conditions, and so much more! If you want to keep your microbiome in top shape, try avoiding artificial sweeteners and processed foods.


In a study conducted in 2014, the artificial sweetener saccharin disrupted gut bacteria balance in four out of seven healthy participants who were not used to consuming them. The four participants also showed poorer blood sugar control after as few as 5 days after consuming the artificial sweetener. According to another study published in the journal Molecules, researchers found that the six common artificial sweeteners approved by the FDA and 10 sport supplements that contained them were found to be toxic to the digestive gut microbes of mice.


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