Rating: Cut back
Sugar Substitute: Breakfast cereals, cereal bars, diet and non-diet soft drinks, jelly, pudding, meal replacement drink mix, coffee mix powder, candy, chewing gum.
This relatively new additive is chemically related to (the mirror image of) fructose, but is poorly absorbed by the body. That's why it yields only about one-third as many calories and why large amounts cause diarrhea, nausea, and flatulence. In one study, 20 grams (about five teaspoons) caused nausea. Tagatose does not promote tooth decay. It is nearly (92 percent) as sweet as sugar. It is found at low levels in apples, pineapples, oranges, raisins, dates, heated cow’s milk, and other foods.