To stay well and be at your best stay away from artificial sweeteners and even some natural sourced sweeteners marketed to give you a "no-calorie" sweetness to the things you eat or drink. They are chemicals and interrupt your metabolism. Study after study has shown this. Dr. Axe explains this and more in his expose of artificial sweeteners.
Eat real food and re acclimatize your taste buds (be patient as it takes time from the time you stop artificial sweeteners) to natural sweetness of the ingredients. If you crave sugar or carbs, take a teaspoon to a tablespoon of coconut oil and it should squelch your cravings. Avoid the trap of eating dates or other fruit thinking they are fruit so it is OK. They still have fructose and that feeds the pathological organisms of your microbiome and tips the balance away from health.
Dr. Axe:[My bold]
If you haven’t stopped using artificial sweeteners, please do so immediately! Artificial sweeteners, or non-nutritive sweeteners as they are sometimes referred to, have been controversial since they were first introduced to the market in the 1950's, and scientific research shows they are associated with many dangerous side effects.
Introduced to satisfy consumers’ sweet tooth, these artificial sweeteners with no calories seemed, at the time, like good alternatives to refined sugars and natural sweeteners. However, the side effects simply aren’t worth it. These fake sweeteners cause symptoms that range from headaches and migraines to weight gain and even more serious conditions like cardiovascular disease [diabetes]. (1)
What many people don’t realize is that artificial sweeteners also can cause a dangerous addiction — an addiction to overly sweet foods. They retrain the taste buds to need more and more, sweeter and sweeter foods. This leads to even greater incidences of obesity, type 2 diabetes [this link gives a protocol for reversing it], kidney damage and so much more.
So how does the use of artificial sweeteners contribute to addiction? Researchers believe that part of the reason is that individuals will just find other foods to fill the calorie gap in order to become satiated. We’ve all seen people order diet sodas, only to then order one of the most calorie-ridden items on a menu. That’s because non-nutritive sweeteners provide virtually no sense of satisfaction. (2)
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Dr. Barbara (TM)