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Artificial sweetener could worsen symptoms of Crohn’s disease

“Sugar-free” artificial sweeteners might not be a healthier alternative to sugar after all. On the contrary, it can trigger inflammation and worsen symptoms of Crohn’s disease, a recent animal study showed. Published in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, it revealed that Splenda, a type of zero-calorie artificial sweetener, exacerbated gut inflammation in mice with Crohn’s disease. Splenda also increased the number of proteobacteria in the gut, a large group of pathogenic microbes that include Escherichia coli (E. coli). Splenda was also shown to increase bacterial penetration into the gut wall, which led to further infection and intestinal inflammation.  Read more.....



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