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Old 04-15-2019, 07:27 PM   #1
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Question Truth/facts about sugar in pizza sauce/tomato sauce

Hi, I am new here and I am not sure witch section of this forum to post my question in, hopefully this is correct. Someone who I wont name told me that adding sugar to pizza sauce or spaghetti sauce takes out the impurities in the sauce when cooking it and makes the sauce better health wise or more healthy. I don't quite by this and so I came here to ask professionals if that is right. Is it true? I don't want to eat pizza or spaghetti with added sugar in it because I don't want my teeth to get messed up or rot. I like to keep it healthy.

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Old 04-15-2019, 07:34 PM   #2
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Hi, I am new here and I am not sure witch section of this forum to post my question in, hopefully this is correct. Someone who I wont name told me that adding sugar to pizza sauce or spaghetti sauce takes out the impurities in the sauce when cooking it and makes the sauce better health wise or more healthy. I don't quite by this and so I came here to ask professionals if that is right. Is it true? I don't want to eat pizza or spaghetti with added sugar in it because I don't want my teeth to get messed up or rot. I like to keep it healthy.
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No, that person is not correct. A little sugar can be used to balance the flavor of a sauce that's too acidic, but it doesn't do anything else. If you don't think your sauce needs it, you can leave it out. A little bit of sugar isn't going to rot your teeth, as long as you brush regularly
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Old 04-15-2019, 08:43 PM   #3
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A little bit of sugar isn't going to rot your teeth, as long as you brush regularly
And floss too!!

Just about everything you're going to eat will either have sugar or break down into sugar, which basically feeds the bacteria that will break the sugars down even more to an acid that will do the actual damage to your teeth ( along with any acidic foods). In addition, stickier things are worse than something that is fluid (for example, caramel, dried fruit ...). They adhere to the teeth, making it more difficult to clean.

Sure, the extra sugar would make your teeth more at risk than less sugar. But in reality, if you clean it off after eating ( brushing, flossing and rinsing), there should be no problem. Some people are more cavity prone than others due to the enamel make up of their teeth or even the specific tooth anatomy itself.
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Old 04-16-2019, 11:58 AM   #5
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Welcome to DC.
I am sure you get more sugar
than that by accident, don't
worry about it.

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Old 04-16-2019, 02:21 PM   #6
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Hi, I am new here and I am not sure witch section of this forum to post my question in, hopefully this is correct. Someone who I wont name told me that adding sugar to pizza sauce or spaghetti sauce takes out the impurities in the sauce when cooking it and makes the sauce better health wise or more healthy. I don't quite by this and so I came here to ask professionals if that is right. Is it true? I don't want to eat pizza or spaghetti with added sugar in it because I don't want my teeth to get messed up or rot. I like to keep it healthy.

I have no idea why anyone would think that. Its not true.

Sugar doesn't decrease acidity but it masks it, thus balancing it out. It also helps savory food taste more savory in small amounts.

Your teeth wont rot if you add a pinch of sugar to spaghetti sauce
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Old 04-16-2019, 03:51 PM   #7
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Sugar dissolves in liquid. Do you ever eat ice cream? Drink tea or coffee and put sugar in them along with your cream? Even that nice cold ice cream you love so much in the summer has a sweetener in it. Eat foods that have corn syrup in it? (corn syrup is a form of sugar) Read the back on the label. If it says fructose, or any word ending in "ose" then there is sugar in it.

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I've never heard of adding sugar to pizza or spaghetti sauce. I might think to add if the sauce is extremely tart but I've never heard it as a improvement tip. Sometimes I find those sauce to be too sweet and add a little vinegar. But that's just me.
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Sugar has long been added to make tomato sauce that is too acidic taste better . The result is often a cloyingly sweet sauce.

The solution to an overly acidic sauce is to counteract the acidity not add other flavors.

If your sauce is too acidic, add a tiny amount of baking soda. Stir and taste. Repeat as needed.
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Sugar does not take out any impurities.
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