This is more a moan than a real question...
Today I bought a soup kit from Aldi - you know the sort; veg already prepped, a sachet of stock/spices, a little pot of creme fraiche to garnish. I prepped it for lunch, and my first mouthful was "wowee this is sweet!"
Looking at the ingredients, the spice sachet of stock is apparently mostly sugar, which I felt was totally unnecessary. To add insult, I bought the kit to show a diabetic friend how easy it is to eat fresh and healthy! As someone who largely cooks from scratch, the added sugar sticks out for me, but to someone who reheats ready meals but who's trying to eat better, this sugar is far less noticeable. How many people are unwittingly buying this sort of thing thinking it's healthy?
But why do they add so much sugar and sweetener to everything? It's just not necessary. We can make lovely bolognese sauces with just tomatoes and seasoning, and soup tastes just fine with the right veg combination. Can't we relegate sugar to things that are *supposed* to have sugar? Make it a choice to eat it, rather than a mistake?