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Short History, Invention of Cereal Foods

Short History, Invention of Cereal Foods
Cereals were invented as a Healthy Food.

What is the meaning of Cereal?
Which food is called as cereal?

Cereal is defined as
Grass such as wheat, oats, or corn, the starchy grains of which are used as food. The grain of such a grass. A food prepared from any of these plants, especially a breakfast food made from commercially processed grain.
Any grass that produces an edible grain, such as oat, rye, wheat, rice, maize, sorghum, and millet

A grass, such as corn, rice, sorghum, or wheat, whose starchy grains are used as food. Cereals are annual plants, and cereal crops must be reseeded for each growing season.

In short Cereal is a type of breakfast food prepared from such grain.
Cereal or grain is a member of the grass plant family, with starchy seeds used for food. Common cereals are: wheat, rice, rye, oats, barley, corn (maize), and sorghum.

Cereals are used for both human and animal food.
Breakfast cereal is given or served with milk early in the morning before sending kids to extra classes or school.
Cereal is very popular breakfast food in America and has started to become very popular around the globe.

A breakfast cereal is usually eaten cold as a ready-to-eat meal and mixed with a liquid, such as milk or water exception to the rule are cereals such as oatmeal and porridge, which are eaten hot.

Short History or Invention of Cereal food –

CEREAL is a 6 letter word that starts with C.
First Cereal was invented in year 1829 by clergyman Sylvester Graham, the cereal was called as Graham cracker.
Graham cracker is a slightly sweet, usually rectangular cracker made with whole-wheat flour.

The first packaged breakfast cereal Granula was invented in the United States in 1863 by James Caleb Jackson operator of the Jackson Sanitorium in Dansville, New York
The cereal never became popular; it was far too inconvenient, as the heavy bran nuggets needed soaking overnight before they were tender enough to eat.

The names “Granula” (trademarked by Jackson) and “Granola” (trademarked by Kellogg) were trademarked for foods consisting of “natural herb products crumbled and then baked until crispy.”

In 1860 Seventh-Day Adventists, who also believed in vegetarianism, founded the Western Health Reform Institute in Battle Creek, Michigan.
The Institute was later renamed the Battle Creek Sanitarium after its location in Battle Creek, Michigan.
At this institute, physician John Harvey Kellogg invented several grain-based meat substitutes.
In 1877, John Harvey Kellogg, invented a biscuit made of ground-up wheat, oat, and cornmeal for his patients suffering from bowel problems.
The product was initially also named "Granula", but changed to "Granola" after a lawsuit.
The bookkeeper and manger of the Battle Creek Sanitarium was John's brother, Will Keith Kellogg.
The brothers worked together to develop more grain-based vegetarian options

Accidental Invention of Famous Cereal by Kellogg Brothers –
1894 – Brothers used to make wheatmeal for patients.
To make it, they would run boiled wheat through rollers to create a very thin cracker-type sheet. They would then roast the sheet and grind it into meal.
One night that the brothers left a batch of boiled wheat out and forgot about it.
The next day, they ran it through the rollers to see if the stale wheat would be salvageable once it was ground.
Instead of a unified flat sheet, the wheat came out as flakes
They roasted the flakes and served them to their patients. They had an immediate success on their hands.
Kellogg had invented corn flakes.

In 1894 - Charles William Post started La Vita Inn.
There, he set to work on creating his own chicory coffee substitute and breakfast cereals.
1897 - Later he started to sell his own Granula - we know it today as Grape-nuts - an easier to chew derivative of Dr. James Caleb Jackson's original cereal.
Later he introduced own brand of corn flakes, which he called "Elijah's Manna". The cereal was a big seller... once he changed the name to Post Toasties.

In 1906, Will bought out his brother's portion of the cereal patents and went on to create the Kellogg Company.
Rice Krispies were introduced by Kellogg in 1929.

To avoid confusion with his competitors products, WK Kellogg had his name and signature scripted on each package of Kellogg’s® Corn Flakes along the explanation “The original has this signature"

In 1953, Kellogg's introduced Sugar Smacks, aptly named because it contained 56 percent sugar.

In the 1930s, the first puffed cereal, Kix, went on the market.

1941 - The introduction of the seven-ounce box of Cheerioats was a major event for General Mills."

Quaker Oats man became the first registered breakfast cereal trademark in 1877, breakfast cereals have been synonymous with characters like Tony the Tiger of Kellogg’s, the Trix Rabbit, and Post's Sugar Bear.

Because of Kellogg and Post, the city of Battle Creek, Michigan is nicknamed the "Cereal Capital of the World"

Cereal food means a healthy food, healthy breakfast.

Cereal Food and India –

Do you know which traditional Indian food is Cereal type of food?

Answer is Poha and milk, Dalia, idli, sambar, and vada
Poha is flattened rice flakes or wheat flakes and mixed with hot milk, sugar or jaggery
Dalia is made from whole wheat grits. Some people like sweet Dalia, and some people like salty Dalia.

Record shows that from 2300 to 1750 AC, wheat, barley, and rice were grown by inhabitants of northern India.
History of Every nation is great no one is superior to other.
Always compare present not past.

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Surabhi February 23, 2011  

hmm..Feel like having some,I like the choco-delight cereals..yummyy.healthy in my style..lol

sm,  February 23, 2011  


chitra February 23, 2011  

Nice to know about the birth of cornflakes. Thanks.

sm,  February 23, 2011  


Bikram February 23, 2011  

I love cereals :)

SM February 23, 2011  


raji February 25, 2011  

such a nice post revealing the history of cereals .I always kept wondering how cereals are made,infact even poha .I think poha is made with rice rolls which are cut into flakes right?