A new study finds that a common sweetener has been linked to growth of C. difficile in the gut. C.diff is a very bad actor in the microbiome. It used to be fairly uncommon unless you’d been hospitalized and had a compromised immune system. No more. Now it can be found in nearly anyone, and this sweetener may help to explain that: it feeds C. diff like no other food additive. Leading me to say once again: if it came from Mother Nature, eat it. If it came from a factory, don’t. If your gut is eating you, make an appointment to come see me. Diving into the root cause of GI issues is my bread and butter (pun intended!).
Common food additive makes C. difficile more virulent
Since trehalose has become commercially available, epidemic strains of C. difficile are on the rise.