via A popular sugar additive may have fueled the spread of not one but two superbugs – LA Times

Two bacterial strains that have plagued hospitals around the country may have been at least partly fueled by a sugar additive in our food products, scientists say. Trehalose, a sugar that is added to a wide range of food products, could have allowed certain strains of Clostridium difficile to become far more virulent than they were before, a new study finds.

The results, described in the journal Nature, highlight the unintended consequences of introducing otherwise harmless additives to the food supply.

via A popular sugar additive may have fueled the spread of not one but two superbugs – LA Times

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