Reach for the tomato juice if you have Salmonella poisoning. The juice is an unlikely antidote to the bacteria that can cause violent digestive reactions.
It’s also effective against the deadly typhi strain that causes typhoid fever, say researchers from Cornell University.
Tomatoes could be just as effective as tomato juice, the researchers discovered when they tested samples against various Salmonella strains in the laboratory. In all the tests, tomatoes and tomato juice killed the samples, including the deadly Typhi variety.
It’s an important discovery for regions of the world where typhoid fever is endemic, the researchers say. They hope that everyone, especially children and teenagers, start adding tomatoes and juice to their diets as “they provide natural antibacterial benefits,” said Jeongmin Song, one of the researchers.