Bet­ter Nutri­tion in the 1960s, Part 1

2018 marks Bet­ter Nutri­tion’s 80th year in print. Travel through time with us as we high­light pop­u­lar diet and food trends by decade. In the spotlight this month: gra­nola

Better Nutrition - - CONTENTS - BY THE ED­I­TORS OF BET­TER NUTRI­TION

In­vented in 1863, gra­nola be­came a health food sta­ple 100 years later.

Gra­nola ( or Gran­ula, as it was orig­i­nally called) was in­vented in 1863 by James Caleb Jack­son, who worked at a health spa in Dansville, N. Y. He be­lieved in the power of nutri­tion, es­pe­cially a mostly veg­e­tar­ian diet fo­cus­ing on fruits, veg­eta­bles, and un­pro­cessed grains.

It wasn’t un­til the 1960s, though, that gra­nola be­came a beloved break­fast treat— and a sym­bol of Amer­i­can coun­ter­cul­ture, as hip­pies started to shun sug­ary ce­re­als. Count­less diet trends have come and gone since then, but gra­nola, in ce­re­als, bars, and snacks, re­mains a health food sta­ple.

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