Ditch the Diet Coke: Six artificial sweeteners used in a range of soft drinks and foods ‘are TOXIC to gut bacteria’

Artificial sweeteners found in Diet Coke and other soft drinks could damage your gut bacteria, research suggests.

Scientists found six sweeteners – all approved for use in foods and drinks in the US and EU – were toxic to gut microbes.

They included the controversial aspartame, which has been at the centre of critical reports dating back decades. It is used in Diet Coke.

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