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You catch (and kill) more flies with this sweetener

June 4, 2014

image of dead flies and sweetner In a study that began as a sixth-grade science fair project, researchers at Drexel University found that a popular non-nutritive sweetener may be an effective and human-safe insecticide. Erythritol, the main component of the sweetener Truvia, was toxic to fruit flies in a dose-dependent manner in the study, published in PLOS ONE. Flies consumed erythritol when sugar was available and even seemed to prefer it. No other sweeteners tested had these toxic effects. Full Story

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