6. It May Contribute to Diabetes Risk

Diabetes

Scientists may have developed artificial sweeteners in an effort to obtain sweetness without contributing to the risk of diabetes. However, some studies suggest that artificial sweeteners may actually cause a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Nature reports that artificial sweeteners like sucralose may cause glucose intolerance due to effects on the bacteria of your gut. Furthermore, individuals may actually consume excess calories when they eat excessive amounts of foods they perceive as being calorie-free. Consuming extra calories can lead to obesity and an increased risk of diabetes.

5. It May Cause Weight Gain

Gaining Weight

Regardless of whether you are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, consuming artificial sweeteners like sucralose may cause weight gain. Again, you may be lulled into a false sense of security when digging into a bag of “sugar-free” pre-packaged cookies. Just because a treat is sweetened with sucralose doesn’t mean it won’t contain other carbohydrates that will gather around your middle. A better choice would be to reach for a handful of naturally sweet fresh fruit to satisfy your hankering. A piece of fruit supplies a sweet taste while also providing vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber.

4. It May Increase the Risk of IBS

Bashful Bowel Syndrome

Gastrointestinal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, and Crohn’s disease may be linked to the use of sucralose. A study in Frontiers in Physiology notes that sucralose has an effect on the bacteria that line the gut. These changes in the makeup of the gut bacteria can cause intestinal inflammation. Another study published in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases indicates that sucralose can cause an inflammation of the small intestine that resembles Crohn’s disease. If you already suffer from Crohn’s disease, consuming sucralose may aggravate your symptoms.

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