09/19/2014

Artificial Sweeteners Might Sour Your Microbiome

12:08 minutes

Artificial sweeteners are a popular alternative to sugar as a means to prevent weight gain and diabetes. Reporting this week in Nature, researchers identifed a possible link between sweeteners and the microbiome’s ability to metabolize blood sugar levels. Immunologist Eran Elinav, an author on the paper, discusses the results.

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Eran Elinav

Eran Elinav is senior researcher at the Department of Immunology at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel.

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