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So what is tagatose anyway?
Tagatose is a natural sweetener that is derived from dairy products such as milk, in the form of whey. It is 92% as sweet as sugar, but with less than half the calories of sugar at only 38%. This makes tagatose a low-calorie sweetener that can easily replace the sweet taste of sugar without the extra carbs. It also has minimal carbohydrates, with only 3% net carbs, making it a great option for low-carb diets.
Compared to artificial sweeteners, there has been no indication of toxic or harmful effects in tagatose. It even lacks properties that cause damage and decay to teeth, contrary to sugar and some other sweeteners. The FDA has labeled tagatose as Generally Recognized As Safe, and the World Health Organization’s Joint Expert Committee on Food Activities has labeled it as Acceptable Daily Intake, both making tagatose a healthy alternative to sugar.
Furthermore, blood sugar and insulin levels are not raised significantly, with a glycemic index of 3, upon ingestion. This means it can be safe for those with diabetes. Because of its low-calorie and low-carbohydrate properties, it’s possible that tagatose could aid in weight loss as well. Tagatose is a prebiotics too, which helps to promote good bacteria in the digestive system. This contributes to a healthier immune system when consumed.
So what can tagatose actually be used for?
Tagatose is a quality sweetener to use for many of your baking endeavors. When heated, it succumbs to the Maillard reaction, or “browning” reaction, meaning it undergoes a chemical reaction between amino acids and reducing sugars. Basically, through this reaction tagatose gives a distinctive flavor to the foods it is baked with.
Because of its caramelizing properties, tagatose is a perfect sweetener to make toffee, caramel, and other similar products as a direct replacement of traditional sugar. It is often used directly in baking, as well as for sauces and glazes to top off a delicious sweet treat.
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