Were Corn Flakes created to prevent people from masturbating?

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Who knew cereal could potentially have such an effect on people…at least according to John Kellogg. Did he really think Corn Flakes would stop people from masturbating? Was John Kellogg a founding member of “Team No-Fap?”

It seems a little strange, but there seems to be some truth behind the rumor.

The original snowflake was made in 1894 by John Kellogg, either after coming to see him in a dream or because his wife, Ella Eaton Kellogg, told him about her idea. However, one night he forgot a batch of dough, and instead of throwing it away the next day, he rolled it up, baked it, and BOOM…the cereal flake was born. (Although not made of corn yet. That would come later.)

John decided to make the cereal flakes in bulk, calling it “Granose”, and served them to patients at Battle Creek Sanitarium, where his brother Will Kellogg was director.

The cereal was so popular that they decided to mass-market it, modify the recipe in the early 1900s to include corn instead of wheat dough, and together they created the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company. .

Where the rumor really starts is when Will decided to change the recipe to Corn Flakes and add sugar. This decision did not sit well with Brother John, as apparently he wanted the cereal to be a anti-masturbation food. Yes, you read that right…he would have thought Corn Flakes would keep people from masturbating, and Will’s idea of ​​adding sugar would lessen its effect.

John was part of an alleged crusade against self-pleasure. Admittedly, he was a little uncomfortable talking about sex, thinking it was detrimental to physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. He personally abstained from it, and rumor has it that he NEVER consummated his marriage. He and his wife reportedly kept separate bedrooms and adopted all of their children.

In his own words, Kellogg wrote in the book “Clear facts for young and old: embracing natural history and the hygiene of organic life”:

“If the illicit sex trade is a heinous sin, self-pollution is a doubly abominable crime.”

In the same book, he described 39 different symptoms of a person plagued by masturbation, including faulty development, mood swings, cockiness, poor posture, stiff joints, fondness for food spicy, acne, palpitations and epilepsy.

His thought was that a pure and clean diet could cure one of sexual desires. Certain savory or seasoned meats and foods are said to increase sexual desire…hence why he was so upset about adding sugar to corn flakes.

He thought simpler foods, especially grains and nuts, could curb cravings.

Now, some might say that the anti-masturbation intent is falsified, and that was NOT his intent. One writer even said it wasn’t advertised as an “anti-masturbatory morning meal…”

Is that the only such argument? It was not ADVERTISEMENT as an anti-masturbatory? They don’t advertise tequila that knocks people’s clothes off, but we all know it does. They don’t advertise that Taco Bell will almost certainly send you to the bathroom within 30 minutes of eating it…but we know…we know.

Given John Kellogg’s SUPER conservative lifestyle, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if his REAL intention was anti-masturbation…but thanks to the marketing wits of his brother Will, it was never “announced ” in this way.

I only see this conversation…

Will be: “Okay, what’s the matter, John?” »
John: “Well, it’s a ready-to-eat grain-based cereal that’s healthy for you.”
Will be: ” Great ! I can work with that!
John: “And it will stop you from masturbating.”
Will be: “OH…uh…well…maybe we’ll…leave that last part.” We’ll add some sugar to it, and we’ll keep all this anti-masturbation stuff between you and me, okay?”

So, Kellogg’s MAY was founded on the idea of ​​creating anti-masturbation flakes…make you wonder what are early cereal RESTs for? Like, what kind of anti-fun was behind the creation of Rice Krispies?

The former summer residence of cereal magnate WK Kellogg

Villa Marina in Dunedin Isles, the former summer residence of cereal tycoon WK Kellogg.

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