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Do Kellogg’s Corn Flakes Help Control Masturbation?

People seem to have a lot of odd ideas about masturbation. And one of them comes from Kellogg, of Kellogg’s cereals.

In the early part of this century, John Harvey Kellogg gained a reputation both as a nutritionist and a sexual adviser. The foods that Kellogg created (including the now-famous corn flakes) were designed to promote health and decrease interest in sex.

Mr. Kellogg thought sex was the ultimate abomination and remained celibate even in marriage. Masturbation was the worst sin imaginable to him. He believed it led to leprosy, tuberculosis, heart disease, epilepsy, dimness of vision, insanity, idiocy, and death. He also preached that masturbation led to bashfulness in some people, unnatural boldness in others, a fondness for spicy foods, round shoulders, and acne. That’s quite a list!

As we all know now, there are most definitely foods that promote health, but none in particular that decrease interest in sex or masturbation. So, you can eat all the corn flakes you want, and have good, safe sex!


I am a 26-year-old female who masturbates regularly. I have great orgasms quite easily by simply rubbing my clitoris.

When I am having intercourse, however, I almost never have an orgasm. Could this be because of the way I masturbate?

It is highly unlikely that your manner of masturbating is the reason you find it difficult to have orgasms during intercourse. Most women masturbate by stimulating their clitoris in some way.

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The clitoris is the center of sexual pleasure for most women, which is why so few women can have orgasms from intercourse alone.

However, you should count yourself lucky. Because you can have orgasms easily by yourself, it should be possible to teach your partner. Simply show him how you like to be stimulated, and incorporate that into your sexual activities, whether it be before, during, after or instead of intercourse!

Do Kellogg’s Corn Flakes Help Control Masturbation?

Michael Ashworth, Ph.D.

APA Reference
Ashworth, M. (2019). Do Kellogg’s Corn Flakes Help Control Masturbation?. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 14, 2020, from
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Last updated: 19 Jun 2019 (Originally: 17 May 2017)
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