Posted by: Chris | October 9, 2010

More Mildly Interesting Trivia

Did you know that, amongst other things, Graham crackers and Kellog’s corn flakes were devised to diminish people’s sex drives and promote abstinence?  Around the turn of the century, it was believed that foods too sweet, spicy, salty, or otherwise flavorful excited the passions and that bland, high fiber foods could prevent this from happening.  Both Graham and Kellog were religious sorts and marketed their respective products as methods for discouraging sinful activity.  Also, Kellog believed enemas, especially yogurt enemas, to be panaceas for near all maladies:

“Kellogg made sure that the bowel of each and every patient was plied with water, from above and below. His favorite device was an enema machine that could rapidly instill several gallons of water in a series of enemas. Every water enema was followed by a pint of yogurt — half was eaten, the other half was administered by enema, “thus planting the protective germs where they are most needed and may render most effective service.” The yogurt served to replace the intestinal flora of the bowel, creating what Kellogg claimed was a squeaky-clean intestine.”

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