Did You Know – Ketchup
Did you know Ketchup was once used as a medicine?
In 1834, Dr. John Cooke Bennet added tomatoes to his concoction which was made with fish or mushrooms. The addition of the tomatoes added vitamins and antioxidants to the sauce.
He claimed his recipe could cure Diarrhea, Indigestion, Jaundice and Rheumatism. He had his sauce made into an extract of tomato pills and had them sold by Archibald Miles, a pill salesman.
Once the pills hit the market, there were many copycat tomato based pills being sold. Some of these copycat pills had false claims and caused the Ketchup medicine empire to collapse in 1850.
Amazon still sells the Mushroom Ketchup today!
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