Corn Flakes were once meant to stop people masterbating

Corn Flakes are one of the most popular breakfast cereals in the world and they're a part of many people's lives. But they weren't always so innocent.

John Harvey Kellogg's original intention was a bit differernt..

Mr Kellogg, the man who created Corn Flakes, produced the cereal in the late 19th century and marketed it as a “healthy, ready-to-eat anti-masturbatory morning meal”.

He staunchly believed in celibacy and that sex was unhealthy and immoral.

Mr Kellogg was such a firm believer that sex was damaging to the mind and body that he slept in a separate room from his wife and never consummated the marriage, choosing instead to adopt all their children.

Mr Kellogg believe that meat and rich flavoured foods increased sexual desire, while plain foods like nuts and cereals suppressed it.

With this in mind he set about making a range of plain tasting breakfast foods that would once and for all put a stop to these impure desires, which resulted in the cereal we know and love today — Corn Flakes.