Prevent tummy bugs from spreading with pure grape juice.
Think you’ve been exposed to a foodborne germ like E. coli or Salmonella? Drinking purple grape juice may help stop a foodborne illness before it starts, preventing symptoms of food poisoning like diarrhea and vomiting.
Some studies have shown that drinking red wine or purple grape juice inhibits the growth of germs in the intestinal tract. How many harmful bacteria enter and grow in your digestive system determines whether and how severely you get sick. So limiting their growth can help you avoid unpleasant symptoms altogether.
Researchers aren’t sure how the grape juice helps, but it may have to do with resveratrol – a chemical that gives red grapes their color. The theory is that resveratrol changes the pH and other levels of intestinal flora, making it harder for the harmful germs to flourish.
Other ways to prevent foodborne illnesses from spreading include careful food preparation and lots of hand-washing.
If you do get sick, call your doctor. Some food bugs may just be a few days of discomfort, but others can be life threatening.