Singapore: Artificial sweeteners commonly used in food and drinks could be toxic to human gut bacteria, according to research carried out by researchers from Singapore and Israel.

Researchers from institutions including Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Ben Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) looked at the effects of six artificial sweeteners approved by the US Food and Drug Authority as well as 10 sports supplements containing these sweeteners on modified bacteria serving as a model for human gut bacteria. Their findings were published on Sept 25 in research journal Molecules.



‘Toxic effects’ Found When Gut Bacteria Exposed to Artificial Sweeteners: Study