In 1830, ketchup was sold as a medicine for diarrhea and indigestion.
The idea came from dr. John Cook Bennett, the president of the medical department of Willoughby University in Ohio. He thought that tomatoes could cure diseases such as diarrhea, jaundice, and indigestion.
It even turned ketchup into pills, which made it even more legalized.
Once Dr. Bennet’s pills hit the market, the impostors started selling their tomato-based pills, which sold laxatives without any trace of tomatoes. They also claimed that their pills could cure any disease.
Because of these false claims, the ketchup medicine empire collapsed in 1850