In this video, Dr. David Sherer, anesthesiologist and author of Bottom Line’s What Your Doctor Isn’t Telling You blog, talks about how our sweet-obsessed culture is leading us to make unhealthy food choices. For example, many people think they are making a positive nutritional decision by using artificial sweeteners, but according to Dr. Sherer, not only have these substances been linked to chronic health conditions such as diabetes, they also retrain the brain so that it continues to crave sweet-flavored foods and drinks. Fortunately, there are healthier alternatives. Rather than using artificial sweeteners, consider natural choices (such as plant-based stevia), particularly those with a lower glycemic index such as honey, maple syrup and coconut sugar. This will help reduce your risk for diabetes.

David Sherer, MD, is an American physician, inventor, and author. He currently practices anesthesiology in the suburbs of Washington D.C. and is a tireless advocate for hospitalized patients. For more great tips from Dr. Sherer, check out his other videos and Bottom Line blog “What Your Doctor Isn’t Telling You.”

For more with Dr. Sherer, click here for his podcast and video interviews, or purchase his memoir, The House of Black and White: My Life with and Search for Louise Johnson Morris.