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Why do brands put so much sugar in spaghetti sauce?

  1. dappledesigns profile image90
    dappledesignsposted 3 years ago

    Why do brands put so much sugar in spaghetti sauce?

    Is it for taste or preservation?

  2. JoeDowgiallo profile image82
    JoeDowgialloposted 3 years ago

    Tomatoes generally have an acidic or sour taste to them. The sugar is supposed to offset this. It's primarily for taste. The acid in the tomato and any added salt are good for preservation by themselves.

  3. lisavollrath profile image98
    lisavollrathposted 3 years ago

    My Italian grandmother put a little bit of sugar in her tomato sauce, because that's what her mother taught her. She did it for taste.

  4. chefmancave profile image85
    chefmancaveposted 3 years ago

    Joe is correct about the "acidic taste" but he doesn't mention that spaghetti sauce makers use the cheapest tomatoes they can find which generally speaking have an acidic taste. By choosing different types of tomatoes you can avoid this issue. When I make homemade sauce I use Kumatos. (Spanish tomato variety) Kumatoes are very sweet and do not require any sugar. Another trick is to use a pint of cherry tomatoes in your sauce or try adding some sweet tasting wine.