We have a sugar crisis of sorts going on; Americans are consuming sweets in giant proportions whether it's granulated sugar or artificial varieties.

We eat it like it's going out of style, but when polled, "sugar and added-sugar" topped the list of ingredients Americans want to avoid—sounds like a real conundrum doesn't it? According to the New York Times, 1/5th of all of the beverages we drink are sweetened and carbonated—that's an impressive statistic.

With one-of-three Americans headed for diabetes by 2030, what are our best choices? Artificial sweeteners have recently been taking heat for causing the issues they were built to solve—it's a confusing marketplace for consumers.

Care providers warn: "that cans of soda put fat into your liver, weaken your response to insulin and increase your risk of heart disease and diabetes."

Really, are we drinking calorie-free products or filling our body with toxins? The message seems loud and clear: if you're looking for a natural alternative to soda (both regular and diet), try drinking water. It's calorie-free, pours from fountains without adding cash and there's no garbage in the end.

Yes, that's right—no sugar and no artificial sweeteners in your drinks—could that be the answer? In the end, it boils down to a personal choice. Faced with diabetes, options are limited and the most obvious suggest "diet" varieties to avoid glucose spikes.

Perhaps an all-things in moderation approach fits the bill for you.

Herein lies the problem—as afraid as we are of sugar, we're equally afraid of artificial sweeteners that are crafted in labs. Perhaps this is why: "Sweet’N Low comes from a derivative of coal; Equal is made from methanol and converts to formaldehyde when digested; Splenda is a chlorinated sugar."

Water anyone?

To learn more on this topic:
6 Sugar Substitutes For Diabetes
Scrumptious Sugarless Sweets
For Diabetics, Simple Sugars Aren't So Simple