Sugar acts as a food preservative?

Sugar acts as a food preservative by which one?

increasing the acidity of food.

reducing the amount of free water in food.

increasing the water activity of the food.

directly killing disease-producing microbes.

2 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    Preservative — By binding water, sugar acts as a very effective, natural preservative. For example, the high sugar levels in jams, jellies and sauces make them more immune to the microorganism development common in thinner, high-moisture products like commercial applesauce. Sugar is the preferred sweetener in cereal coatings because of its ability to crystallize into a frosty surface forming a hard, continuous glaze. This protects the product from air and moisture, extending its shelf life.

    Reducing the amount of free water in food.

  • 1 decade ago

    i don't know

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