Graham Crackers Were Invented to Combat the Evils of Coffee, Alcohol, and Masturbation

Article Link: https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/571915/graham-crackers-invented-to-fight-vices

Discussion posted by: David McNamara

Long before they were used to make s’mores or the tasty crust of a Key lime pie, graham crackers served a more puritanical purpose in 19th-century America. The cookies were invented by Sylvester Graham, an American Presbyterian minister whose views on food, sex, alcohol, and nutrition would seem a bit extreme to today’s cracker-snackers. Much like the mayor in the movie Chocolat, Graham and his thousands of followers—dubbed Grahamites—believed it was sinful to eat decadent foods. To combat this moral decay, Graham started a diet regimen of his own.