Who doesn’t know about Kellogg’s cornflakes? The cereal brand is a household name, and cornflakes are omnipresent in most kitchens worldwide.
Many people love the plain cereal and swear on having it to start their day. However, did you know the cornflakes were invented for some other reason than just giving people a healthy breakfast option?
Yes, one of the most popular breakfast cereals right now, cornflakes were invented to stop people from masturbating!
A breakfast cereal that stops people from touching themselves? However implausible it may soon, it actually is true. Cornflakes were invented to stop masturbation, and the creator of the breakfast cereal is behind all this
John Harvey Kellogg Hated Sex
The journey of inventing cornflakes began in the 19th century when the idea of touching oneself was a big taboo. Several events, folklore and texts contributing to castigated masturbation as an act that wasn’t only incorrect morally, but also lead to physical and mental ailments.
During this period, one Michigan physician was one of the loudest anti-masturbation voices out there. His name was John Harvey Kellogg, and he practically hated everything related to sex.
He abstained from any sexual activity as he believed it was detrimental to his emotional, physical and spiritual well-being. His beliefs were so strong that he never consummated his marriage, instead of resorting to sleeping in a different room than his wife. He was a staunch believer of celibacy and chose to adopt his kids as a result. A quote appropriated to him perfectly sums up what he felt about sex. “If illicit commerce of the sexes is a heinous sin,” Kellogg wrote, “self-pollution is a crime doubly abominable.”
Since he hated sex, he naturally wasn’t a big fan of masturbation either. Mr Kellogg even wrote a book about it, called Plain Facts for Old and Young: Embracing the Natural History and Hygiene of Organic Life. In it, he listed out 39 different things that could go wrong with you if you masturbated. They ranged from mood swings, bad posture, acne and even epilepsy!
He Then Started Making Food To Prevent People From Masturbating
Okay, so the founder of cornflakes hated sex. But how does it explain that cornflakes were invented to make sure people didn’t jerk off?
An insight into how cornflakes came about will give you the answer to that. John Harvey Kellogg believed that the way to wipe of masturbation from this earth was to change people’s diet, as this was what was responsible for their sexual desires.
He believed that certain foods and dietary habits inspired ‘self-pollution’, which is a codename for anything sexual. Certain that certain flavourful, seasonal and spicy foods enhanced sexual desire, he also believed that plainer food with milder tastes could curb it.
So he set about developing food that could purify the body and the mind, and over his lifetime developed a range of breakfast options that aimed at stopping people from pleasuring themselves.
His first creation was the ‘granula’, which was oats and corn baked to create a cereal. However, that didn’t gain much traction. Later he even had to change the name of it to ‘granola’ as another company was making a similar product during the same name at that time.
Kellogg’s next invention was focused on ensuring clean intestines. It was an enema machine in which bowls of water was followed by a pint of yoghurt. Half was delivered through the mouth and the other half through the anus. Just reading this you can make out that this didn’t really catch on with the people. Thankfully
And Finally, Cornflakes Were Invented!
John Harvey Kellogg’s got lucky the third time when cornflakes were invented. The cereal was initially marketed as “healthy, ready-to-eat anti-masturbatory morning meal”.
The taste and composition of cornflakes were formulated keeping in mind his theory that plainer food prevents masturbation. One of the biggest fights he ever had was with his brother, who believed that sugar added to the cereal would drastically improve its taste.
But John wasn’t ready to budge, he wanted the cereal to prevent masturbation, so the cornflakes remained unsweetened.
Inventing cornflakes wasn’t the only was John Harvey Kellogg’s tried to curb masturbation. His suggestions to get rid of the practice included some other extreme measures as well, which you can read about here
So that’s the story of how cornflakes were invented. The next time you pure yourself a bowl full of breakfast, remember why cereal is always plain and bland!