A new interesting study suggests that we humans have taste receptors in our stomachs and intestines. What does that mean exactly? Well, in the same way our tastebuds send signals to pump saliva, chew and swallow, gut tastebuds send signals that prep the body for proper digestion. This is all well and good, as long as you’re eating and drinking healthy items. But for diet soda drinkers, the news isn’t so cheery.
“When the gut’s taste sensors encounter something sweet, they send a ‘prepare for fuel’ missive that results in cranked-up insulin levels in the blood,” the biweekly reports. Insulin signals the body to draw glucose from the blood and store it in the muscles and liver. Except when the sweetener is artificial, the body gets all ready and then there’s no energy to harvest.
This discovery might shed light on the previously mysterious link between diet beverages and the development of metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes.
Full story at UTNE.