Posted on 21 August 2008 by

Tomatoes May Fight Salmonella!

By Michelle Fabio

A study recently reported in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture has shown that along with konjac gum, sesame seed, yeast and pumpkin, tomatoes may actually offer protection against certain strains of Salmonella bacteria and E. Coli.

The study out of Wageningen University and Research Centre in the Netherlands found that these foods act as “binders” for bacteria, so that bacteria attaches to them rather than to your cells, lowering chances of gastro-intestinal infections from such bacteria and/or lessening symptoms.

Dr. Petra Becker, who led the study, said, “The importance of fibre, particularly from certain foodstuffs, in maintaining a healthy gut and digestion cannot be underestimated. The study shows that these foods bind certain bacteria and may be a means of stopping bacteria from entering host cells thereby preventing disease.”

Talk about ironic, eh?

As we all remember, our beloved tomato had been under siege for months, being blamed for a recent Salmonella outbreak in America that left more than 1,000 ill, until the FDA changed course and declared tomatoes safe to eat. Food health officials then pointed the finger at raw jalapeño and serrano peppers as the possible culprit, but not before the tomato industry suffered millions of dollars in losses.

And now we’re learning that tomatoes may actually guard against salmonella?

What a turnaround! All hail the tomato!

Source: Sesame seed extract and konjac gum may help ward off Salmonella and E. coli

3 Responses to “Tomatoes May Fight Salmonella!”

  1. our friend Ben Says:

    Great news, Michelle! Our beloved tomatoes vindicated at last!

  2. jmuhj Says:

    In my background, we’ve always advocated that chiles are good for the digestive system, too. I’m sure they will call off the alarm for jalapenos and serranos, like they did for tomatoes, eventually. Eat them — they are good for you!

  3. michelle Says:

    @ Ben, indeed! Woohoo!

    @ jmuhj, I hear you! We have peperoncini with at least one meal a day…and southern Italians have some of the longest, healthiest lives of all 🙂

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