Sugar substitute kills flies, say researchers

June 5, 2014 12:27 AM

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Sugar substitute kills flies, say researchers

Scientists find that erythritol, found in the sweetener Truvia®, is a potent insecticide.

Researchers at Drexel University in Philadelphia have found that the sugar substitute, erythritol, found in Truvia® may be safe for humans but toxic to some insects. And, amazingly, they could not have made this discovery without the help of a sixth-grader.

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