25. Avoid artificial sweeteners – These are several reasons to avoid the pink, yellow, and blue package. For one, they have been linked to cancer and neurological issues. Also, they don’t help reduce your sugar cravings, they still initiate an insulin response, and they harm your gut microbiome. The bottom line, they do not help you at all to have a healthier metabolic system. There are two options to help you transition away from both Sugar and Artificial sweeteners, Monk Fruit and Stevia.