Understanding what you are putting into your body is the best way to begin your journey to a healthier life, so while a zero calorie can of pop may seem like a smarter choice than it’s sugary caloric counterpart, what is it exactly that you are drinking, and how does it differ from regular sugar? The sugar that we eat in baked goods, add to coffee, or drink in a can of pop is all derived from the plant sugar cane. Be that as it may, sugar can be found in many other natural or man-made forms like: fruit juices, tree sap/syrup, honey, and high-fructose corn syrup. Non-nutritive artificial sweeteners are chemically constructed alternatives to sugar which contain zero calories and zero glucose. Because regular sugar/glucose has a high calorie content, consuming less of it can help maintain a healthy weight, and can control/reduce the effects that arise from type 2 diabetes. Comparable to sugar, artificial sweeteners come in different varieties as well.