Ketchup was sold as a medicine in the 1830s

Ketchup was sold as a medicine in the 1830s

An enterprising and highly creative manufacturer came up with the idea of marketing it as a medicine, in pill form, claiming that it could cure a lot of diseases.

Although these claims are technically correct, the levels of carotenoids known as lycopene are so low that the benefits to be consumed would be negligible or non-existent. It would literally drink liters of ketchup every day to cure anything (which is obviously not recommended).

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