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Forgo artificial sweeteners.

They only increase hunger and sugar cravings.

Artificial sweeteners are not allies in the battle against diabetes. Scientific evidence suggests they don’t help to cut calories, aid weight loss, or improve blood sugar control. Instead, artificial sweeteners may negatively impact blood glucose control, desensitize your taste buds to sweetness, adverse­ly affect the growth of helpful gut bacteria, and increase hunger and sugar cravings because your body expects calories to come with sweet flavors.

If you’re struggling without a low-calorie or noncaloric sweetener dur­ing your transition to a whole-foods, plant-based diet, the safest options are monk fruit sweetener and stevia. Use them in the tiniest amounts you can, and eventually eliminate them altogether.