I am not a big fan of artificial sweeteners, BUT think about the amount of sugar you are flooding your body with every time you drink a SINGLE small BOTTLE/CAN of sugar sweetened beverage. Were our childhoods so deprived and do we owe it to ourselves so badly that we can’t go without 90% of the sweetened beverages we drink? Honestly, get over it. Our pancreases can’t take the constant barrage of sugar we throw at it. Our insulin is getting less and less sensitive and less able to do it’s job the more we drink sweetened beverages. Drink water with lemon/lime, unsweetened tea. It won’t kill you. It save your life.