even as a kid. Not sure why. Never liked saccharin, aspartame, sucrolose, or even stevia though. HFCS tends to be too sweet.
Sugars aren't dangerous if you eat them as they were intended-- ie whole fruit...I expect if you ate the whole sugar cane it wouldn't be bad either because it would have more fiber and whatever else might have a dampening the effect. If you overload like we do for sure it is really very bad for you. It is just like alcohol minus the brain effects.