A box of Kellogg's Corn Flakes and a can of Coca-Cola
15 Foods That Weren't Designed For What We Use Them For
Corn Flakes
Corn Flakes were invented by Puritan brothers Dr. John Harvey and William Kellogg, who wanted to make a breakfast that didn't involve elements of sin, meat, or excess.
In addition to Kellogg's belief that this bland food product could help with tummy troubles, it was also meant to help people guard against carnal desires.
Dr Pepper
Dr Pepper was created in the 1880s by Texas pharmacist Charles Alderton as a syrup to be mixed with carbonated water at the soda fountain.
However, the syrup’s unique flavor profile was so popular that the company started bottling it as a ready-to-drink soda to cater to rising demand.
Graham Crackers
In the early 19th century, graham crackers were conceived as a simple food to promote good health and curb sinful desires, particularly of the carnal variety.
Originally, they were a dense, unleavened bread devoid of sugar until 1931 when Nabisco created the version we know today with cinnamon and sugar.
Original Coca-Cola dates back to 1886 when it was used as a medicinal tonic for headaches and fatigue. It contained traces of cocaine in the form of coca leaf extract.
By 1929, they removed all traces of psychoactive elements and transformed the drink from a tonic to a mainstream soft drink.
Silica Gel
Although not a food, silica gel is often used in food packaging to wick away moisture. Before it was used for preserving food, it had various other uses.
Silica gel was known as early as 1640 when it was a scientific curiosity. During WWI, it was used in gas masks to absorb moisture that developed as the wearer breathed.