I am becoming more and more fascinated with the role that our gut flora plays on our overall health, and the more research I come across it seems to play a larger role than I anticipated.
I have made changes to try to make my gut flora much healthier, such as adding in good probiotics, making sure I am taking in adequate amounts of prebiotics (such as resistant starches from raw potato starch and green bananas. As well as a heathy amount of soluble fiber), and finally eating a fair share of fermented food such as sauerkraut and kombucha. Doing this has undoubtedly had a positive effect on my digestion, skin health and making it easier to stay lean. I can literally get away with eating 2-300 gram of carbs a day, even when I am not training hard, and stay quite lean. Three years ago, that would have been impossible. It has had additional effects on other health markers, but that is neither here nor there…back to my question:
What are the thoughts are from those who know more than me, on the effect that artificial sweeteners have on gut health? It seems the scientific world is only in the beginning stages of understanding gut health. There has been some recent research that has come out, alluding that artificial sweeteners could possibly affect gut flora for the worse. Additionally there also seems to be a difference in the gut flora of those individuals who are naturally lean as opposed to those who tend to naturally carry more weight.
I ask here because I am quite fond of Plazma, and want to start using it again to help with my recovery from lifting. Artificial sweeteners are holding me back from making the purchase. I guess I could just take it and forgo the artificial sweeteners, but the taste would be horrendous. I am also aware that I may be over analyzing, as the amount of sucralose is minimal. It is only an issue because of the success I have had with making gut health a priority.