Cornflakes are one of the most common breakfast cereals in the world, but did you know why were cornflakes invented? For a number of people, corn flakes are actually a synonym for breakfast. But there is a darker history attached to the origin of this bland, healthy, and wholesome breakfast. The corn flakes were originally created to keep the mind away from sinful thoughts. Weird, right?
Let’s check out the history of this routine breakfast cereal Cornflakes
Corn Flakes was the brainchild of John Harvey Kellogg. Born in 1852, Kellogg came up with the idea of this extreme dietary supplement in 1878. It was thought by Kellogg that if people start taking plain and bland food supplements, their desire to mast**bate or any other impure thoughts would be cleansed.
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Doesn’t seem real, does it? Well, it gets better. This thought of Kellogg was also supported by the Church and in 1894, he finally created Corn Flakes. This cereal was then marketed as a “Healthy, Ready-to-Eat Anti-masturbatory morning meal”.
Kellogg had a very firm belief in sex being a damaging component in the growth of mind and body, to an extent that he slept in a separate room from his wife and never even consummated the marriage. Instead, he chose to adopt all their children.
So, now you can imagine that if sex with your own wife is bad, according to Kellogg, then masturbation would be an unimaginably sinful act. He even wrote that, “If illicit commerce of the sexes is a heinous sin, self-pollution is a crime doubly abominable”.
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He was so against the act of mast**bation that he even wrote the damaging symptoms of the same which included mood swings, acne, epilepsy, palpitations, etc, in his book called “Plain Facts for Old and Young: Embracing the Natural History and Hygiene of Organic Life”.
Kellogg had a belief that meat, spicy and rich flavored foods increased the sexual desires, and hence, as a solution, he came up with a strictly vegetarian diet plan and proposed that plain food like nuts and cereals would help suppress such desires.
With this in mind, he set out to make a range of plain tasting food to free the human beings from their impure thoughts and one of them was our all-time favorite breakfast cereal, Corn Flakes.
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