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squeakybiscuit
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This months National Geographics Kids magazine says that ketchup was originally sold as medicine. It doesn't say anything more than that about it though. I searched the web, and can't find very much on it.

Does anyone know what problem it was sold to treat? Did it work?

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Porky
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I found 2 references as ketchup once being sold as medicine in this country
Ketchup was once used as a medicine in the United States. In the 1830's it was sold as Dr. Miles Compound Extract of Tomato.
http://fusionanomaly.net/ketchup.html
http://www.amusingfacts.com/facts/Detail/ketchup-medicine.html
But no reference of what it was actually supposed to treat...

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squeakybiscuit
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My library has “Pure Ketchup A History of America’s National Condiment with Recipes” by Andrew Smith available for download as an e-book, but I searched it and can find no mention of it. I searched “medicine” “treatment” and “Dr Miles Compound extract of tomato” and nothing.

The site you give says it was used to treat lots of stuff including baldness and athlete’s foot and preventing cancer.

Thanks.

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Nick Theodorakis
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Ketchup has natural mellowing agents, at least according to the Ketchup Advisory Board.

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Oceanic Aura
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Amusingly enough, Heinz has taken to putting up blurbs on their ketchup bottles about the benefits of lycopene. I can honestly say that I have never decided to put more ketchup on my fries because I thought I could use a little more AOX. It's a condiment for Zeus' sake! Do they think people who never used it before are going to start now, for that?

But back to the point - I haven't found anything other than numerous websites stating basically verbatim the same factoid about old Dr. Miles, so I'm thinking the magazine must have been referring to that.

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quote:
Originally posted by Nick Theodorakis:
Ketchup has natural mellowing agents, at least according to the Ketchup Advisory Board.

Nick

So I'm not the only one who started humming the Ketchup theme song when I read this?

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It has considerable levels of Beta-Carotene with is a really good antioxidant.

Is is just a shame that it has even higher levels of sugar.

Blues

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