An important property of sugar is that it can enhance tastes and aromas both above and below the sweetness threshold value. For example, a small amount of added sugar can enhance the taste of nutritious, but sour or bitter foods. Sugar’s aroma enhancing properties are used in a wide range of foods, such as bread and fruit products.
A small amount of added sugar can enhance the taste of cooked vegetables and meat without making them sweet. In other words, we can use sugar as a flavouring in such low concentrations that it falls below the sweet taste threshold value, i.e. below approx. 1% sugar.
Traditionally, people have added small amounts of sugar to certain cooked meat products such as ham or liver pâté.