Better to eat corn flakes, or the box they came in?

Answered on September 23, 2013
Created September 20, 2013 at 10:01 PM

This is not a question; it's just hilarious. An excript from the PHD book...

"The second [group], reported to her by Loren Zanier and conducted at the University of Michigan in 1960, gave a control group chow and water, another group cornflakes and water, and a third group the cardboard box the cornflakes came in plus water. The control group did normally, the rats eating the cardboard boxes died of malnutrition, but the rats eating the corn-flakes died the quickest???the last cornflake-fed rat was dead before the first box-fed rat."


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on September 23, 2013
at 04:30 AM

im pretty sure they did a mythbusters on this...`

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on September 22, 2013
at 10:25 PM

This story, often quoted, seems to be an Internet-legend. The origin of the story appears to be Sally Fallon, who reported two damning rat-killer studies, both unpublished. The name Loren Zanier turns up no referenced scientific papers of any kind. Sally has a history of using unverifiable stories to back up her arguments. Here's another one regarding honey:


Rats are often fed breakfast cereals and do not die, at least until they are killed for analysis. Here is a typical study on sugared cereals:


I'm no fan of dry breakfast cereals. I got diabetes by overeating frosted mini wheats and raisin bran. But I don't like to see unsubstantiated claims by Sally Fallon either. Someone, please show us the smoking gun NIH study! Inability to verify this specious story reflects badly on WAPF.



on September 21, 2013
at 12:05 AM

Obviously the box, and it costs more than its contents did to manufacture (because of design and advertising).

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