Tomato Juice and its Anti-Microbial Properties

Scientists from Cornell University, New York, have revealed that tomato juice can effectively combat Salmonella Typhi, the bacterium responsible for Typhoid fever, along with other bacteria affecting digestive and urinary tract health.

Salmonella Typhi poses a significant global health threat, causing symptoms of food poisoning and potentially fatal Typhoid fever. The research identified two antimicrobial peptides in tomato juice that disrupt the bacterial membrane, eliminating Salmonella Typhi and its hypervirulent variants.

Notably, there have been no FDA-registered recalls or advisories related to Salmonella contamination in tomatoes or tomato juice since February 2018. The findings suggest a potential public health benefit in increased consumption of tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables.

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