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You catch (and kill) more flies with this sweetener
June 4, 2014
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.
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