Cereal is the most popular breakfast food in the United States, but that wasn’t always the case. Most people used to eat a bigger breakfast consisting of eggs, bacon, and sausage every morning up until the 1860s. .By the end of the 19th century, cereal had emerged as a healthier choice.
It is interesting to know that the invention of one of the most famous brands of cereal was an accident.
In 1877, two brothers named John Harvey Kellogg and Will Keith Kellogg experimented with food made with boiled wheat. They left a batch out overnight and found it stale in the morning. They rolled it out and discovered that each wheat berry formed its own flake. Then they tried the same process with corn, and the experiment worked again. The first dry breakfast cereal was made. We know it today as Kellogg’s Corn Flakes.
Approximately 294 million Americans start their day with a bowl of cereal. Wholegrain cereals are an excellent source of fiber, iron, and B vitamins.
Keep in mind that all cereal is not dry cereal. Oatmeal and grits are favorites for many people. Some people alternate between dry cereal and hot cereal during the week. On the weekend when they have more time, they might eat a bigger breakfast with pancakes, eggs, and bacon or other foods that take longer to prepare.
Celebrate National Cereal Day with millions around the world. Have a bowlful of your favorite cereal. Top your cereal with fruit for an even more delicious and nutritious breakfast.