Sylvester Graham, an evangelical minister in the 1830s and the world’s first “health nut,” believed that the single greatest health concern facing Americans was rampant sexual desire. In order to suppress these carnal urges, Graham prescribed — what else? — a special diet that would tame the lusty beast within.
It’s no wonder his zealot followers didn’t have sex drives, they were probably STARVING. Mr. Graham would roll over in his grave if he saw the ingredient list on a box of Nabisco Graham Crackers, knew that his disciple John Harvey Kellogg launched the modern-day breakfast cereal industry using his ideas or had any idea of the ways in which flour has perverted our society.
(Via The Atlantic)