Garlic has been known to lower lung cancer risk and ease cold symptoms, but a study featured on Science Daily says that it may also kill contaminants found in baby formula.

According to the researchers, dry infant formula may sometimes be infected by a foodborne pathogen called Cronobacter sakazakii. While such incidences are reportedly rare, they are fatal to babies. However, diallyl sulphide and ajoene—compounds that are found in garlic— may be able to reduce the risk.

“Pipes used in the manufacturing of milk products are typically cleaned with chemicals like chlorine, but these garlic compounds are a natural alternative,” says researcher Xiaonan Lu. “We believe these compounds are more beneficial in protecting babies against this pathogen.”

(Photo by Machs einfach via Flickr Creative Commons)

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