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Biocatalytic production of D-tagatose: A potential rare sugar with versatile applications.

Authors
  • Jayamuthunagai, J1
  • Gautam, P1
  • Srisowmeya, G1
  • Chakravarthy, M1
Type
Published Article
Journal
Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
Publisher
Informa UK (Taylor & Francis)
Publication Date
Nov 02, 2017
Volume
57
Issue
16
Pages
3430–3437
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/10408398.2015.1126550
PMID: 26745466
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
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Abstract

D-tagatose is a naturally existing rare monosaccharide having prebiotic properties. Minimal absorption, low metabolizing energy, and unique clinical properties are the characteristics of D-tagatose. D-tagatose gained international attention by matching the purpose of alternate sweeteners that is much needed for the control of diabetes among world population. Recent efforts in understanding tagatose bioconversion have generated essential information regarding its production and application. This article reviews the evolution of D-tagatose as an important rare sugar by appreciable improvements in production results and its significant applications resulted of its unique physical, chemical, biological, and clinical properties thus considering it an appropriate product for requisite improvements in technical viability. Based on current knowledge and technology projections, the commercialization of D-tagatose rare sugar as food additive is close to reality.

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