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Graham; Rev. Sylvester
An American temperance lecturer of the early 19th century, who also launched an attack on the eating of meat and fat (claiming they heated people"s tempers and led to sexual excesses). Condiments like mustard, ketchup and pepper he claimed could lead to insanity.
His lasting claim to fame is the development of "Graham flour". This was unsifted, and designed to be made into bread, which should be eaten slightly stale. He had no knowledge of vitamins or minerals, but advocated eating more fruit and vegetables and less salt, shellfish and pork; his early version of bran caught on, and Graham hotels sprang up all over the U.S.A.
He can claim to be one of America"s first food faddists; and his ideas were developed by Dr. Kellogg and his brother Will in their development of dry cereals.
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