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Aug 28, 2008 08:04 PM

When did you stop liking sugar?

For those of you who did, of course. My parents never had processed sugars in the house when I was growing up, so of course I became a little obsessed with it in college and ate candy fiendishly for a few years until my early twenties. Now, in my late twenties, I really don't like it much at all. I rarely seek it out.

Has anyone else experienced this almost overnight transformation? Is it an age thing or did I just OD?

If the former, does anyone know what exactly it is that happens to our taste buds when we get older that makes us stop liking sugar?

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  1. I had the same experience..i used to love all "penny" candies like fuzzy peaches, gummie bears, etc..I totally lost my taste for candy around 30..
    i remember as a child I thought candy/chocolate was only for kids as my mother always said moms don't eat chocolate or candy!

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    1. re: burlgurl

      My poison was candy corn and jelly beans. =)
      I seem to have lost my palate for grown up desserts, which worries me a little. I want to know I'm not a complete mutant and don't have some degenerative tongue disease!

      1. re: cimui

        I have always wondered who ate those.

    2. This is basically exactly what happened with me too. I happen to think it's a good thing. Many people are "trained" to have sweet tooth by their mother being an avid baker or all occasions being celebrated with sweets. But we almost never had anything sweet in the house. On Thanksgiving my Mom would bake a pie and for your birthday you got a cake but that was about it. We almost never had pop, it was a rare treat and we never regularly ate dessert, I never missed it.

      In my later teen years when I got a bike I too sought it out frequently since it had been forbidden for so long. After a few years that obsession wore out and ever since then I've reverted back to "take it or leave it" with no troubles. During the holiday season, my office gets numerous shipments from vendors and it is ALWAYS sweets - cookies, pastries, etc and I have no problem passing them by.

      I think it's just because of how you were raised more than anything else; that helps shape your taste buds - I much prefer something savory to sweet and it's clearly based on the foods we ate as a family when I was young. There *are* exceptions to this rule, but they are exceptions.

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      1. re: rockandroller1

        I have to disagree with this. We almost never had anything sweet in the house when I was growing up either and I love sweets (and I haven't seen 30 in a while.) I'm not addicted to sweets, but I definitely enjoy sweet food - and that includes candy on occasion.

        In addition, I love Indian and Mexican food and my mother literally cannot eat dishes from either of these cuisines. She can't stand the smell and taste of most of the spices used in these foods. So we NEVER had this stuff growing up and yet I love it.

        1. re: flourgirl

          Same here. We were never allowed any sweets and so I wasn't really aware of what was out there until I was older. However, I instantly loved the hit of sugar and to this day I have a raging sweet tooth that won't quit. In order to stay slim, I have to completely shun sweets or else I go crazy.

          Kinda interesting about the alcohol/sugar connection, which makes sense. I don't drink at all. It would interesting to find out what would happen if I started drinking.

          1. re: flourgirl

            As I think I mentioned, there are exceptions to the rule, as with any rule, but I've actually sampled a fairly big group of people (informally) and find that more often than not, those with a sweet tooth grew up in a house with regular sweets/baking/bakery. I would say 1 in 15 are the exception like you flourgirl. Certainly they exist, I just think the other situation is more prevalent.

          2. re: rockandroller1

            I grew up very similar to you in respect to sweets, we just didn't have them except on special occasions. In my late teens and early twenties, I was old enough to buy and have all I wanted, and I found out that I really preferred savory to sweet. People think I'm crazy that I don't go ga-ga over their "death by chocolate" cake. I'd rather have a cheeseburger ;-)

          3. I still love sweets, but although I don't consider myself to have amazing powers of self-control when it comes to eating, I am very strong about not indulging is things (that I like) that are pretty much shots of pure sugar--for example real Coke, jelly beans, Twizzlers. I have strongly absorbed the messages of hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles--low glycemic, spikes in blood sugar, Type 2 diabetes, Atkins, unnatural to the traditional human diet, etc.--and it has created an effective mental block.

            I gave up sugar in my tea cold turkey about 20 years ago and never looked back. I never got into the habit of adding sugar to coffee. I'm sure I would hate sugar in both now.

            1. Within the last 2-3 years, I've given up most of my candy-munchings and gone towards salty-greasy snacks. I still love dark chocolate, but I don't tend to indulge in the candy snacking during the work day any more. Part of this may be due to health concerns as diabetes is prevalent on one side of the family, another being that I now find myself more prone to the sugar low dozing at the desk syndrome. Oh, let's face it, diabetes may be prevalent, but I've very little self-control...

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              1. re: smalt

                I used to be a big fan of the salty-greasy snacks as a child, I never really had a "sweet tooth phase," but now that I'm older I dislike sweets even more and I am ALSO losing my taste for salty-greasy snacks. So the potato chips AND the cookies are safe in my house.

              2. As a child I enjoyed all flavours, including sweet. I think that I was around 14 that I started to find sweet flavours less attractive, and by the time I was 23 I was pretty much off candy and desserts completely. This makes me wonder whether it might have had something to do with the change in hormonal balance occasioned by puberty. For me, it was transitional, rather than overnight. I will sometimes have creme brulee, pane cotta, or some such thing when I'm out for dinner. It must be 20 years since I've had a chocolate bar.

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                1. re: hungry_pangolin

                  "It must be 20 years since I've had a chocolate bar."


                  I don't think it's been 20 minutes since I had a chocolate bar.

                  1. re: flourgirl

                    20 minutes?? I'm eating one now; a perfect accompaniment to chow.