One of the major producers for D-tagatose is CJ Cheiljedang, Inc . located in South Korea.
Sucrose has a GI of 68, fructose is 24, and tagatose has very low GI compared with other sweeteners.
Tagatose can be commercially produced from galactose through an enzymatic process, starting with lactose which is hydrolyzed to glucose and galactose.
In March 2006, SweetGredients ( a joint venture company of Arla Foods and Nordzucker AG ) decided to shelve the tagatose project.
The company has attracted investors who are keenly interested in the potential for D-tagatose, a nonfat sweetener that Biospherics hopes to commercialize.
They replaced aspartame, the artificial sweetener in many diet colas, with two natural sweeteners, tagatose and erythritol, and a cocktail of artificial sweeteners including sucralose.
Beltsville, Maryland-based Biospherics Inc . has joined with Danish company MD Foods to market its D-tagatose, which it claims is both a natural and nonfattening sugar substitute.
In 2011, Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ) approved CJ Cheiljedang s enzyme conversion tagatose production as a food additive and designated it as generally recognized as safe ( GRAS ).
Beltsville, Md .-based Biospherics has aligned with Denmark's MD Foods to market D-tagatose sugar substitute and Finland's Cultor Oy holds rights to market Alitame, known as Aclame.
Chairman and President Gilbert Levin said the board feels that the availability of the additional shares will help control the volatility of the stock, which has been affected by announcements concerning its non-fattening sugar, D-tagatose.