Sunday 22 April 2018

Were Kellogg's Corn Flakes originally invented to stop masturbating?

Corn Flakes
Corn Flakes
Freya Drohan

Freya Drohan

New evidence has come to light that Kellogg’s Corn Flakes were invented to encourage abstinence and celibacy.

Dr John Harvey Kellogg invented the Corn Flakes cereal in the late 1800s, and in the ensuing years it has remained a breakfast staple.

According to Medical Daily, the cereal was actually formulated by Dr Kellogg in an attempt to discourage masturabation and suppress sexual desire.

Dr Kellogg reportedly believed that sex was unhealthy and polluted the mind, body and soul. He also believed that masturbation caused epilepsy, bad posture, stiff joints, mood swings, fickleness and palpitations - as he outlined in his book Plain Facts for Old and Young: Embracing the Natural History and Hygiene of Organic Life (penned in 1877).

Dr Kellogg
Dr Kellogg

“If illicit commerce of the sexes is a heinous sin, self-pollution is a crime doubly abominable,” he stated.

The Michigan-born medical doctor may have been married from 1879-1820 to his wife Ella, but they never consummated their marriage, slept in separate bedrooms and adopted and foster all of their children.

Working at Battle Creek Sanitarium, Dr Kellogg was certain that meat and flavour-rich foods increased sexual appetite, while plain foods discouraged it. On the back of this belief, he was inspired to create a range of simplistic breakfast foods that he hoped would stop people pleasuring themselves.

As chief physician at the Sanitarium, he pioneered a revolutionary dietary programme that focused on nutrition, exercise and cleansing enemas made with yogurt.

Corn Flakes
Corn Flakes

Being a staunch Seventh-day Adventist, he was against not only sex but alcohol, tobacco and indulgent foods. These, he believed, caused all illnesses as they encouraged unhealthy bowels and stomach illnesses. One of his professional recommendations in his book was to avoid “exciting and irritating food” as he maintained, “A man that lives on pork, fine-flour bread, rich pies and cakes, and condiments, drinks tea and coffee, and uses tobacco, might as well try to fly as to be chaste in thought.”

Dr Kellogg and his younger brother William Keith were determined to create a food product for patients to discourage any feelings of sexual longing or lust.

They experimented with dextrinized starch and eventually formulated the dry, plain and crisp product that is still in circulation today. William Keith advocated adding sweet toppings, but Dr Kellogg wouldn’t hear of it as he labelled sugar ‘sinful’.

It seems that the cereal was by far his most mild invention. In 2012, Mental Floss reported that the doctor also suggested threading wire through the foreskin of males to prevent erections and cause a painful sensation, while he advocated that females dab a form of carbolic acid on their genitals to discourage touching themselves.

Corn Flakes
Corn Flakes

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