Tagatose is good for teeth

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05 December 2002
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The American Food Agency (FDA) is adding an amendment to its directive on caries to include the low-calorie sweetener Gaio tagatose from Arla Foods.

A carbohydrate which is slowly fermented by micro-organisms in the mouth, Gaio tagatose produces less acid than other carbohydrates. According to the FDA, there is considerable scientific agreement that slowly fermenting carbohydrate based sugar substitutes result in reduced caries.

This means that US consumers can now be told that Gaio tagatose does not cause tooth decay and that it may reduce the risk of tooth decay.

Business Development Manager, Kristian Eriknauer, Arla Foods Ingredients, believes FDA’s decision can be highly valuable in communications with US consumers.

“Food producers can now advertise another positive characteristic of Gaio tagatose, besides its low calorie content and positive effects on digestion,” says Kristian Eriknauer.

Gaio tagatose, which is extracted from lactose, can, for example, be used as a sweetener in soft drinks and breakfast cereals.

Arla Foods is an international dairy company owned by 9,700 farmers from Denmark, Sweden, the UK, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Arla Foods is one of the leading players in the international dairy arena with well-known brands like Arla®, Lurpak®, Puck® and Castello®. Arla Foods is focused on providing good dairy nourishment from sustainable farming and operations and is also the world's largest manufacturer of organic dairy products.

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Carina Østergaard
Carina Østergaard Corporate Communication Manager Press contact for Arla Foods International caoes@arlafoods.com +45 91 31 16 01 +45 89 38 10 00