I can't be the only one down here who can't stand syrupy sweet tea
You're not alone. I am a native Mississippian, lived all my life in one Southern state or another (Arkansas, Texas, Georgia, Virginia, Tennessee), and I don't like it sweet, either.
In spite of that one aberration, I am Southern to the bone marrow.
Oh, and so far this morning I haven't eaten a thing! Though I have had some coffee. (I don't take that sweet, either.)