National Cereal Day
March 7th is National Cereal Day. I wasn’t able to find any information on the origin of National Cereal Day but wonder if it could have to do with the decline in ready to eat cereals.
Between 2009 and 2016 sales of packaged cereal dropped by 17%. This is said to be due to consumers looking for healthier alternatives to the processed grains.
This is an interesting twist. Until the mid 1800s, most people ate eggs, bacon, and sausage every morning. Cereal emerged as a healthier alternative at the end of the 19th century.
Kellogg’s cereal came into being by accident near this time Two brothers named John Harvey and Will Keith Kellogg boiled some wheat and left it out overnight. They tried rolling it out and discovered each wheat berry made its own flake. Then they tried the same with corn and the experiment resulted in the first dry breakfast cereal, Kellogg’s Corn Flakes!
During this same period of time a number of other cereals were invented including granola. Another famous cereal was invented by Charles W. Post who introduced Grape-nuts in 1898. Shortly afterwards he invented Post Toasties.
Near that time cereals were considered a healthier alternative to the meat and dairy that was traditionally consumed for breakfast. We have since come to feel that processed foods are not the best for our health. Perhaps a wise choice would be meat and dairy in moderation, more whole grain hot cereals (instead of over-processed cold cereals) and fruit.