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Artificial Sweeteners & Why Avoid Them

Posted on September 19, 2014 by Ruth Buttigieg | 0 comments

A paper published this week showed that substituting your teaspoon of sugar for an artificial sweetener may not be the healthier way forward. In fact, the consequence of consuming artificial sweeteners was found to negatively affect the beneficial bacteria in our gut which directly affected the glucose metabolism.


The amount of sugars and hidden sugars in our diet is currently a hot topic in the media. With the detrimental effects of excess sugar consumption on our health becoming ever more apparent, those of us with a sweet tooth have had to make tough decisions on what to put in our shopping basket and faced having making the decision of what sugar-substitute to use.


Our gut bacteria matter


This particular research paper continues to shed light about the important role that the bacteria in our gut play in our health. Not only do they help us to properly digest plant-derived foods, but also play a part in our immune system which is why taking care of these bacteria is important. As this paper shows, what we eat has a direct impact on them, and in this case negatively affecting our glucose tolerance.

Oligofructose - a better option all round


Oligofructose (also known as Fructooligosaccharide [FOS]) is a naturally occurring alternative sweetener. A growing body of evidence continues to show the importance of a healthy gut environment is not only helpful for gut health but also to enable full absorption of minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, through our gut. Studies into the health benefits of oligofructose show that it stimulates the growth of beneficial bacteria in the human gut and hence termed as prebiotics.


The use of oligofructose as a natural sweetener offers satisfaction to one’s sweet tooth whilst also avoiding blood sugar spikes and unwanted laxative side effects like some artificial sweeteners can. It is for this reason that here at Natural Low Carb Store we use only oligofructose in our products, thereby ensuring that the quality of our food is second to none.




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