The story behind the origin of corn flakes is shocking!

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Think of light and healthy breakfast choices and Corn Flakes comes as the very first option in mind.

Wholesome, convenient and easy to eat and serve, it is the best go to breakfast one can think of.

While for us, this foreign breakfast meal is all about nutrients and wholesomeness, the origin of corn flakes has a totally different story.

Today, we are going to take you back in time and tell you about the idea behind its creation and what is so unique and unbelievable about it.

When was it created?

According to reports, corn flakes were first created back in 1894 by John Harvey Kellogg as a healthy and deliberately bland cereal. In fact, the addition and adaptation of corn flakes as a part of an extreme diet was suggested and promoted by the Church at that point of time.

Why did he create corn flakes?

It is believed that it aimed at suppressing passion and curbing sexual impulses of people at that time. As a Seventh-Day Adventist (a branch of Christianity), John Harvey Kellogg, who worked as a physician, he believed in celibacy and the fact that sex was unhealthy and immoral. He strictly advocated a vegetarian diet and was against alcohol, meat and caffeine.

Traces from the past

According to reports on social media, in his book, Plain Facts for Old and Young: Embracing the Natural History and Hygiene of Organic Life, he even talked about the damaging symptoms of masturbating including mood swings, acne, bad posture and a fondness for spicy food. He strongly believed that meat and flavoured foods increase sexual desire and to curb that he wanted to create something bland with cereal and nuts. You will be surprised to know that the original corn flakes recipe has no sugar content a well.

How to eat corn flakes?

In present times, corn flakes are considered as a healthy and light breakfast option, which is eaten with warm milk and sugar/honey. Some people also eat it with curd/yogurt along with roasted nuts, muesli and diced fresh fruits to increase the flavours and nutritional values.

Innovation with cornflakes

With time, it is not just a breakfast element but has even intruded in the snacks section of South African cuisine. The vibrant orange colour adds a mouth-watering tint to dish and also gives a different texture to beetroot or broccoli kebabs, which might look unappetizing to many.


While we always considered corn flakes as a healthy breakfast meal that keeps us energetic throughout the day, the very origin of this crunchy delight turns out to be a sheer surprise. What do you feel about it and how you relish corn flakes, let us know in the comments section below.

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