Could Compound in Artificial Sweeteners Worsen Crohn's Disease? Cleveland Clinic Study  
5/22/2012 7:28:22 AM

The food additive maltodextrin, commonly used in some artificial sweeteners, may worsen Crohn's disease by encouraging the growth of E. coli bacteria in the small intestine, a new study suggests. However, researchers stressed that the findings are preliminary and the tests were conducted in the lab, not in people, so it's too soon to advise those with the inflammatory bowel disease to avoid maltodextrin.