It’s one of the most popular breakfast cereals in homes all over Australia. But did you know that there was a very bizarre reason behind the invention of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes?
It’s recently been claimed that the humble cereal was in fact created to help curb masturbation and sexual desire in people.
You see, John Harvey Kellogg - who invented Corn Flakes back in 1894 - was a devout Seventh-Day Adventist who believed in abstinence and thought sex and masturbation were abnormal and bad for you.
As a result, he believed that following an extreme diet of healthy foods that were deliberately bland and tasteless was a key way to curb people’s sexual impulses.
Mr Kellogg therefore created Corn Flakes as part of his radical diet, believing the bland flavours would suppress the need to masturbate - a practice which he bizarrely claimed caused acne, baldness, bad posture and mood swings.
And while his original recipe was a lot more bland than the current version - less sugar! - the formula hasn’t changed too much over the years.
Guess you learn something every day, huh?!
Amy SinclairAmy Sinclair is the editor of New Idea Food. She is a former weekly magazine editor who loves all things food, cooking and eating - especially the eating! When she's not looking after her three children, you'll find her in the kitchen or busily hiding online shopping purchases from her husband.