Have you ever eaten a bowl of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes and thought, “Wow, these are delicious and full of flavor”? If so, John Harvey Kellogg, the creator of the popular breakfast cereal, would probably be disappointed. The reason lies in why Corn Flakes were invented in the first place — a query TikTokers are Googling left and right. Essentially, Corn Flakes were reportedly invented to curb sexual desire and their bland, sugarless taste (which is no longer the case today) was believed to support a lower sex drive. “The creator of Corn Flakes was a huge believer in abstinence and spent a considerable amount of time coming up with foods that would blunt sexual urges,” Harju-Westman, in-house nutritionist at health app Lifesum previously told POPSUGAR.
Corn Flakes’s original low-sugar recipe supported Kellogg’s apparent wish to help limit libido and was intended to curb other related “symptoms” of sexual urge, such as mood swings, acne, stiff joints, and more. However, despite Kellogg’s intentions to lower people’s libidos, Corn Flakes were never formally advertised to help people abstain from sex and masturbation. In fact, they were better known as a healthy breakfast food than anything else.
Today, a box of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes isn’t so healthy. The cereal is filled to the brim with sugar (2.7 grams per cup, to be exact), which doesn’t exactly align with Kellogg’s libido-killing intentions from back in the day. However, sugar is reportedly linked to health and reproductive issues, and could even lower your libido, so arguably, newer Corn Flakes are more in line with Kellogg’s original objective now than ever before. If you’re as shocked as we are to learn of John Harvey Kellogg’s intent for Corn Flakes, wait until you see the reactions of TikTokers who learned why Corn Flakes were invented . . . they’re gold.