I have found it very beneficial to substitute sugar in my diet with all natural sweeteners. STAY AWAY from Equal, Splenda and those types that have been proven to cause cancer.
Try these, they tast great and are so much better for you than anything else...
Stevia is a South American herb that has been used as a sweetener by the Guarani Indians of Paraguay for hundreds of years. The leaves of this small, green Stevia rebaudiana plant have a delicious and refreshing taste that can be 30 times sweeter than sugar. Stevia has many excellent properties. The body does not metabolize the sweet glycosides from the stevia leaf or any of its processed forms - so there is no caloric intake. Stevia doesn't adversely affect blood glucose levels and may be used freely by diabetics
Truvia comes from the same plant... Try it for yourself, you won't be disappointed!