How Sugar Affect Your Gut Microbiome

Feel like you literally can’t live without a sweet tooth? Love sweets? Here are 4 signs showing that you are addicted to sugar.

Humans are born with a preference for sugar. Malaysia is well-known for its diverse cuisine, which ranges from traditional foods introduced by various Malaysian ethnicities to modern fusion foods. But, most of the delicious Malaysian dishes such as nasi lemak and roti canai are high in carbohydrates and high sugars. Excess sugar in diets has been shown that to be the reason for a wide range of modern illness, including diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular diseases, tooth decay, cognitive diseases, etc.

Did you know that too much sugar has a negative impact on your gut microbiome? Overindulging in sugar will wreak havoc on your body, leading to serious health problems if caution is not taken.

Sugar can be broken down to provide energy for the bacteria’s growth. When you have a high sugar diet, some of these sugars make their ways to the gut microbiome and provides some bacteria energy to multiply, throwing off the balance in the microbiome. The imbalance of gut flora cause increased sugar cravings, which will further damage the gut and induce inflammation in the body. Inflammation is the precursor of many diseases and cancers.

In today’s world, there are numerous ways to sweeten foods without adding sugar. Sweeteners like stevia and sucralose can help to reduce your refined sugar consumption, but studies have revealed that some gut bacteria strains have been affected because of these sweeteners. For example, stevia inhibits some bacteria strains, Lactobacillus reuteri’s growth in our gut. Nevertheless, it must be kept in mind that these sugars and sweeteners are not universally toxic and our gut microbes can metabolize all of these compounds (Di Rienzi and Britton 2020). However, everything should be consumed in moderation. 

Diet Tips to Quit Sugar Addiction?
You should be wary about including too much sugar into your daily diet. Reducing the amount of processed, high sugar and high fat food, as well as eating plenty of plant-based food and lean proteins, can all contribute to improved gut health. Another tip for you, take a capsule of M101 Microbe Hack with over 14000 probiotic strains everyday can restore the balance and rebuild the diversity of your gut flora.


Di Rienzi, S.C. and Britton, R.A., 2020. Adaptation of the gut microbiota to modern dietary sugars and sweeteners. Advances in Nutrition11(3), pp.616-629.

Jacie Chiew

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