29 September 2020 22:38
For years rumours have been flying about why Corn Flakes were invented. Every few years the internet lights up with wild speculation about the origins of the popular cereal. So, we're here to set the record straight. The facts Corn Flakes were invented by Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, an American doctor and inventor. Kellogg's corn flakes Credit: Newscast / Newscast/Universal Images Group By some accounts, Dr. Kellogg was a good guy who treated poor people who couldn't afford to attend hospitals.
Instead, they were treated at a health resort which was founded by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. But he also reportedly had a dark side, discouraging the mixing of races and believing that people with mental disabilities should be sterilised. Close-Up Of Milk Being Poured In Corn Flakes On Table Credit: seksan Mongkhonkhamsao / Getty Images Let's bust that myth The rumour suggests that Corn Flakes were created to stop people masturbating because Dr. Kellogg believed that sex could harm physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. He also believed that certain food flavours could increase sex drive, while boring foods like cereals and nuts would decrease it. In short, boring Corn Flakes would reduce 'sinful' thoughts. Corn flakes Credit: Yevgen Romanenko / Getty Images The truth I'm sorry internet, but this rumour is wrong. Dr. Kellogg certainly believed in a bland diet but the breakfast favourite was never created to stop those thoughts. To be clear, the doctor did encourage clean living and he practised sexual abstinence, including discouraging masturbation but at no point were Corn Flakes referred to. Boringly, Corn Flakes were created as an easy-to-digest breakfast food.