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Wow Fact: Tomato ketchup was sold as a medicine

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In the 1830s, tomato ketchup was sold as a medicine, claiming to cure ailments like diarrhea, indigestion, and jaundice. The addition of tomatoes meant it added a a plethora of vitamins and antioxidants to the sauce.

The North-Eastern Chronicle

The idea was proposed by Dr John Cook Bennett, who later sold the recipe in form of ‘tomato pills’. As numerous people began to sell ketchup as a medicine, the market reportedly collapsed in the 1850s.

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