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Artificial sweeteners are frequently found in many reduced-calorie foods, processed products and diet or decaffeinated drinks. They contain chemical compounds called sucralose, aspartame and cyclamate that the digestive tract cannot break down easily, which can lead to bloating. Sweeteners, which can be up to 300 times sweeter than natural sugar, are known to increase appetite and result in overeating.
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Artificial sweeteners create issues in the digestive tract because they aren't absorbed properly, causing gas and belly bloat. Watch as integrative gastroenterologist Robynne Chutkan, MD, explains how these substances can cause discomfort and bloat.
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