Unfortunately, artificial sweeteners are not the answer. Not only are they not an ideal alternative to sugar, they also won’t help you curb a sugar addiction. Unlike sugar, artificial sweeteners do not activate reward centers in the brain the same way sugar does. They will not satisfy your cravings, and because they are hundreds of times sweeter than sugar, you may end up consuming more sugar and calories in the future to make up for it. Research links artificial sweetener intake to health concerns including high blood pressure and insulin resistance.
Of course a sweet treat once in awhile is okay, but there are simple ways to change your routine to help cut cravings and avoid the health consequences of chronically consuming excessive amounts of added sugars: