Cakes and drinks sweetener neotame can damage gut wall,

A startling revelation shakes up the sugar substitute scene as researchers uncover the potential health hazards of neotame, a widely used sweetener found in cakes, soft drinks, and chewing gum.

In a groundbreaking study, scientists have linked even small doses of neotame to significant damage to the gut, potentially leading to conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, insulin resistance, and even sepsis, a life-threatening condition.

Dr. Havovi Chichger, the senior author of the study, warns that while sweeteners like neotame were once hailed as healthier alternatives to sugar, they may carry unforeseen risks to consumer health.

Originally developed in 2002 as a substitute for aspartame, neotame, also known as E961, has gained widespread usage in recent years. However, researchers have found that its consumption can disrupt the delicate balance of gut bacteria, causing inflammation and compromising the integrity of the gut wall.

Published in the medical journal Frontiers in Nutrition, the study highlights neotame’s potential to harm healthy gut bacteria, similar to other common sweeteners like saccharin, sucralose, and aspartame.

Dr. Chichger emphasizes the need for further research into the toxic effects of artificial sweeteners, especially given their prevalence in modern diets. Despite being deemed safe by regulatory authorities, neotame’s potential health risks warrant a closer examination, as even low doses can trigger adverse effects on gut health.

As regulatory bodies like the European Food Safety Authority revisit the safety of neotame and other sweeteners, consumers are urged to stay informed about the potential risks associated with these sugar substitutes. The findings serve as a wake-up call, urging a reevaluation of the sweeteners that flavor our favorite foods and beverages

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