I guess the Original Super Nanny, Mary Poppins, really knew what she was talking about. Attached is a great piece on the detrimental aspects of artificial sweeteners. I've advised my clients about the use of artificial sweeteners for some time now. Go with what's natural, the body knows how to process these better. In fact, with only 15 calories per teaspoon, normal sugar alone is not the "BAD GUY” What does us in is the amount of sugar used. As an alternative, instead of artificial sweeteners try one of the 3 natural sweeteners recommended in the attached article. Most of these natural sweeteners are much more concentrated than the typical sugars that we are used to which means that in order to get the sweetness that you like, you'll use less.
Health Expert Dr. David Friedman Reveals Which Sweeteners Are Best: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2009/09/prweb2844444.htm