I go back and forth on this too. Before I was diagnosed, I rarely ate or drank anything with artificial sweeteners. If I wanted a soda, I would get Coke (those were the days!), not anything diet. But now, I dislike that so many drinks have so much sugar in them that I completely avoid them or find some way to decrease the carb count. I also think a lot of the artificial sweeteners have a funky taste..the only one I like is splenda blend (half sugar/half splenda).
I have tried swerve, which tastes ok, but then it makes water taste weird after I eat something with swerve. I dunno, maybe I just have picky taste buds!