tagatose

TAGATOSE

May 15, 2015
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What is it?

Tagatose is a newer food additive that is chemically related to fructose, but poorly absorbed by the body.  It is found at low levels in apples, pineapples, oranges, raisins, dates, heated cow’s milk, and other foods.

Why is it used?

Tagatose is used as a sugar substitute.  It is 92% as sweet as sugar, but because it is poorly absorbed by the body it only yields about 1/3 the calories.

Why should I know about it?

It can be found in breakfast cereals, cereal bars, diet and non-diet soft drinks, jelly, pudding, meal replacement drink mix, coffee mix powder, candy, and chewing gum.  Large amounts of Tagatose cause diarrhea, nausea, and flatulence.

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