When you think of healthy, trendy food, avocado toast or artificial meat may come to mind. But 120 years ago, Michigan’s Battle Creek Sanitarium was ahead of the curve. Health-seeking patients ate meat-free, grain-filled meals designed by the wealthy, influential inventors of Corn Flakes.
Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and his brother William Keith Kellogg invented breakfast as we know it. The Kellogg cereal empire started in Battle Creek, Michigan, at the Sanitarium, a health spa run by the Kelloggs and backed by the Seventh-Day Adventists, a Christian denomination. Both brothers were Seventh Day Adventists, and their health theories dovetailed with Adventist strictures limiting meat, alcohol, and caffeine consumption. But these limitations didn’t bother famous Americans such as Amelia Earhart, Henry Ford, and future President Warren G. Harding. All three of them flocked to Kellogg’s health facility to eat what the doctor ordered.
The Sanitarium was a booming business. Thousands of patients came in search of a cure for the painful indigestion caused by heavy, meat-filled diets—a near epidemic at the time. For those who couldn’t make it to Michigan, Dr. Kellogg published cookbooks…
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