Sylvester Graham

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Sylvester Graham

He is the 17th child of the 72-years old Reverend John Graham. He has been suffered from illness since he was a young boy. Following a long illness, he had to concern his own health. From this process and period of his life, he became as a major figure of the 19th century dietary reformer.

Dates of birth- July 5, 1794Dates of death- September 11, 1851Hometown- Suffield, Connecticut

Sylvester Graham

Personal Information

Related picturesBest known for emphasising on vegetarianism and the temperance movement. He is also famous for invention of graham bread, graham flour and the graham cracker.

Personal Background

He believed that people's life are getting shorten because they eat meat and while he was thinking about the solution, he got inspire by the temperance movement.He said that Graham diet which is pretty much same as vegetarian diet is a way to cure for alcoholism and prevent people from impure thoughts, as well as a way to live longer. The people who followed his idea this time were called Grahamites. They consumed mainly of fruits, fiber foods, milk and stuff.He was having a hard time with figuring out what type of food that is made out of grain and corn would people like to eat. At the end, he invented "cracker."

Issue andthe solution

Grahamites and Graham Diet

Problem followed here was, all the bakers started to blame at him. Because all the houses started to make crackers and bread on their own.The popularity of crackers did not stay that long. Crackers were just crackers. Even if it was healthy food, people got bored and rebelled against him because of the change in manu all in sudden.

Following Graham's idea of cracker, Dr. John Haarvey Kellogg and Will Keith Kellogg invented new type of food which is called "corn flakes" nowadays.

FUN FACT!

"Bread should be baked in such a way that it will... require and secure a full exercise of the teeth in mastication."


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