“And after all this the LORD smote him in his bowels with an incurable disease. And it came to pass, that in process of time, after the end of two years, his bowels fell out by reason of his sickness: so he died of sore disease…” 2 Chronicles 21:18-19
Is it possible, when Tony the Tiger said, “They’rre Great,” he may have been talking about his bowels? As strange as it may seem, he may have.
We all know that cereal is the most popular breakfast in America today. It is nutritional, economical and yes; educational. However, we hear little about the history of cereal and our dependence on it for morning nutritional start. Although, knowing the history of cereal will not change your life in any significant way, but it is an interesting piece of history and besides that, it could be a fun conversation piece.
The first breakfast cereals were an attempt to create foods that would regulate our gastrointestinal system. During the Nineteenth century, Americans ate breakfasts heavy on beef, chicken and pork and light on grains and fiber. Unfortunately, their fiber intake was basically a non-existent portion of their diets; therefore, gastrointestinal disorders were common. Therefore, those interested in eating more healthy foods began a push for all Americans to eat better.
In 1863, this lead to the creation of “Granula,” the first breakfast cereal, by Dr. James Caleb Jackson of New York. Cereal was originally considered a healthy food, a food source of good fiber. It was made of heavy nuggets made from bran, the outer husk of grain that is removed when making flour. The cereal had to be soaked overnight before being eaten. Simply pouring milk over it was not enough to make it edible.
A breakfast, including cereal and milk can get children off to a good start each morning with a nutritional jump-start. Eating breakfast cereal can help start a child’s day of right and it keeps the morning simple.... [continues]
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