Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Sweet and Natural?

What is tagatose? I heard it mentioned as a sugar substitute, but it's a new one on me. Is it safe or just another sweetener we should avoid? And what's the latest word on the safety of Splenda?
Tagatose is a natural sweetener that is 92 percent as sweet as sugar, but has only one-third of the calories. The FDA approved its use in foods and beverages in 2001. You'll see it in packaged cereals and diet sodas, and it is also used in mouthwash, toothpaste, lipstick and in various drugs, both prescription and over-the-counter.

Tagatose is made from milk sugar (lactose) and is safe for people with diabetes. In fact, a study published in the February 2008 issue of Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism suggests that taken before a meal, tagatose may prevent the blood sugar spikes that can lead to complications of diabetes. Along with stevia, a no-cal sweetener extracted from the leaves of a South American shrub, and erythritol, a natural substance new on the market, tagatose is the only sugar substitute I would consider for people with diabetes and others who can't tolerate sugar. Read more...

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