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Sylvester Graham

(July 5, 1794 - Sept. 11, 1851)

Inventor of Graham flour, bread and crackers (1829). Graham was an American Presbyterian minister who mainly preached nutrition and wanted to reform the eating habits of America and the world. He advocated vegetarianism and the use of only coarse, whole grain flour and railed against meat, potatoes, tobacco and alcohol, coffee and tea, chocolate and pastries.

He was hated and sometimes attacked by butchers and bakers, liquor and tobacco companies. He wanted Americans to eat fruits and vegetables; stop wearing corsets; sleep on hard beds, take cold baths daily, and weekly warm baths; and above all eat bread made with only whole grain, unrefined wheat flour.

According to Larousse Gastronomique (1984) Graham bread was the first internationally consumed bread. Many of his ideas on diet have been proven correct and widely accepted.

 

 

WHO’S WHO IN THE WORLD OF FOOD

Who's Who: G - H - I       Galbani, Egidio       Galliano, Josh       Garvin, Gerry (G)       Gasparini       Gilbert, Phileas       Girod, Tony       Goldman, Sylvan       Good, Phyllis Pellman       Goodnight, Charles       Graham, Sylvester       Grant, Danny       Green, Nancy       Greenwald, George       Grey, Charles, 2nd Earl       Grinshpan, Eden       Haeterick, Robert       Hamilton, Stephen       Handwerker, Nathan       Haraszthy de Mokcsa, Agoston       Hardart, Frank       Harvey, Frederick Henry       Head, Mr. Potato       Hearn, Lafcadio       Heliogabalus       Hellman, Richard       Herbert, Dana       Hires, Charles Elmer       Hoffmann, Ingrid       Hogan, Francis       Hormel, George A.       Horn, Joe       Huang, Ching-He       Hughes, Chuck       Huou       Ilitch, Mike       Ingram, E. W.       Irby, Susan

 

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