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Artificial Sweeteners

Researchers have been puzzling over the fact that non-caloric artificial sweeteners do not seem to assist in weight loss. Some studies have suggested they may even have an opposite effect.

Artificial sweeteners — even though they do not contain sugar — have a direct effect on the body’s ability to utilize glucose. Therefore, artificial sweeteners can be harmful to dental implants.

The body doesn’t recognize these substances as food and intestinal bacteria might be reacting to them in a way that is harmful. Artificial sweeteners pass right through the gastrointestinal tract, encountering trillions of bacteria on their way. When mice were treated with antibiotics to eradicate many of their gut bacteria, there was a full reversal of the artificial sweeteners’ effects on glucose metabolism.

Artificial sweeteners, Sucralose (Splenda) reduced the amount of good bacteria in the intestines by 50 percent, increased the pH level in the intestines, contributed to increases in body weight and affected P-glycoprotein (P-gp) levels in such a way that crucial health-related drugs could be rejected.

The effect could result in medications used in chemotherapy, AIDS treatment, and treatments for heart conditions being shunted back into the intestines, rather than being absorbed by the body. Splenda poses a threat to the people who consume it. Hundreds of consumers have complained of the effects of using Splenda. Studies confirms that the chemicals in the little yellow package should carry a big red warning label (more on next appearing tip).

Artificial sweeteners may disrupt the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar, causing metabolic changes that can be a precursor to diabetes. Dental implants are at risk with diabetes.

People who drink diet soda actually weighed more. Scientists added saccharin (the sweetener in the pink packets of Sweet’N Low), sucralose (the yellow packets of Splenda) or aspartame (the blue packets of Equal) to the drinking water of mice. Consuming artificial sweeteners developed marked intolerance to glucose in the mice. Glucose intolerance, in which the body is less able to cope with large amounts of sugar, can lead to more serious illnesses like metabolic syndrome and Type 2 diabetes which may destroy jawbone required to maintain dental implants.

When researchers treated mice with antibiotics, killing much of the bacteria in the digestive system, the glucose intolerance went away.

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