Truvia sweetener is toxic to fruit flies, study finds

June 5, 2014 9:42 AM

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Truvia sweetener is toxic to fruit flies, study finds

Erythritol, the main component of the sweetener Truvia, has a new, unexpected application -- it may be used as an insecticide. And a sixth grader can take part of the credit for this unusual discovery.

Researchers found that fruit flies fed with food that included erythritol or the erythritol-containing sweetener Truvia died much sooner than flies fed with food containing other types of sweeteners.

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