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Answer: Hi Sharon, using sugar to cut an acidic taste in tomato sauce definitely offsets using one of the other four basic tastes: sweetness. While it can make something taste less acidic, it doesn’t actually neutralize the acidity. The four basic tastes are bitter, salty, sour, and sweet. Sourness is the basic taste that picks up acidity, and sugar cuts that with another countering basic taste. Sugar is purely a personal taste for coffee drinkers, and why not? It’s as popular a drink because it can be seasoned.