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Tagatose

Wegmans had organic strawberries for $2.99 per 16 oz clamshell, so we had strawberry shortcake for dessert. Shortcake was flour, baking powder, tagatose (3 tbsp), one stick organic grass-fed butter, salt, 6 oz heavy cream. Strawberries one pound, 3 tbsp tagatose. Served with whipped cream. No sugar.

Apr 21, 2013
efithian in Special Diets

Tagatose

Be careful when using Splenda (sucralose). Read the article by Dr. Mercola.
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/art...

Apr 21, 2013
efithian in Special Diets

Tagatose

We have made a few apple tarts using only tagatose instead of sugar and the results were very good. I made some almond paste using blanched organic almonds and tagatose. This has been stored refrigerated for about four months so far and it is fine. This was used in a recipe for Almond Squares, which is mostly almond paste, flour, eggs, and more tagatose, with sliced almonds on top. The recipe called for powdered sugar on the top, so I used powdered agave, but that didn't work out as the agave just got sticky. The Almond Squares store well unrefrigerated and are delicious.

For those who wish to purchase through NuNaturals, there is a coupon code that gives 25% off, with free shipping. FB1F

Apr 19, 2013
efithian in Special Diets

Tagatose

There are no fillers. It is 100% tagatose. The body adapts to moderate use of tagatose so that any GI symptoms disappear. Tagatose is a pre-biotic which feeds the good bacteria in the digestive track. I have used 7 pounds over the past six months with no ill effects. It also appears to stabilize insulin production in the body.

Apr 19, 2013
efithian in Special Diets

Diabetes on the rise

Tagatose has recently come to market as NuNaturals PreSweet. This sugar has been around for 30 years, but has not made it to market for consumers in its pure form. It is a natural product derived from milk products and has the same molecular structure as sucrose, but reversed. It was used in 7-11 diet pepsi slurps at one point. I have used it for baking a lemon cake (search for lemon cake tagatose) and it works well. GI of 3. I am diabetic from a partial pancreateatectomy, and I keep away from most sugars, exercise regularly, and have an A1C of 5.7.

Dec 22, 2012
efithian in Special Diets

Tagatose

I purchased five pounds of Tagatose from NuNaturals for $39.95 with free shipping. I had tried Tagatesse, which I purchased from German eBay which was good but includes sucralose (Splenda).

I tried a teaspoon with grapefruit and it was indistinguishable from sugar. Tagatose has a nice reaction with citrus fruits.

My next project was to bake Italian Pizzelle cookies. I use a standard recipe: flour, butter, vanilla, tagatose, anise, fennel seeds, eggs. I used 7/8 cup of tagatose rather than 3/4 cup sugar. The dough was typical pizzelle dough; very sticky.

Baking results were interesting. The cookies browned much more quickly. I had to reduce the temp on the iron to prevent burning. With the lower temp and less browning, they appeared not to be crisp enough; probably under-baked. I placed some in a toaster oven at 200° for a few minutes, and they became crispier and a little darker. The taste is perfect, but the browning needs some attention. I will try baking longer at a lower temp and see how that works.

It might be necessary when baking to use a slightly lower temperature and a slightly longer cooking time. Tomorrow I will try an apple pie.

Dec 18, 2012
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