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
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.