Saccharin doesn't cause diabetes in healthy adults, study finds
Have you ever wondered if it's okay to eat artificial sweeteners?
Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and The Ohio State University College of Medicine wondered if consuming high doses of the sugar substitute saccharin would lead to the development of diabetes in healthy adults. Previous studies had suggested this could happen.
But the new study at Ohio State found just the opposite. The study findings are published in the journal Microbiome.
“It’s not that the findings of previous studies are wrong, they just didn’t adequately control for things like underlying health conditions, diet choices and lifestyle habits,” said George Kyriazis, assistant professor of biological chemistry and pharmacology at Ohio State and senior author of the study. “By studying the artificial sweetener saccharin in healthy adults, we’ve isolated its effects and found no change in participants’ gut microbiome or their metabolic profiles, as it was previously suggested.”
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