No, these sweets taste no better than sugar. In fact, they may be worse. Artificially sweetened ingredients such as aspartame, neotame, and acesulfame potassium may not contain as many calories, but they still increase the risk of diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and metabolic syndrome. You may not know but many sugar-free gums contain aspartame which is thought to be one of the most harmful substances in the world. Sugar has healthier substitutes such as honey, maple syrup, and agave syrup, to name a few.