U.S. News & World Report this week explores what America eats and how its relationship with food helps to define the country. The following stories are part of the report.

  • A timeline of food in America, from 1621 to the present.
  • Marketing the concept of convenience had much to do with the growth of the packaged food industry. Packaged cake mixes gained converts only after the industry realized women still wanted to feel as though they were actually involved in baking; dehydrated eggs were removed from the mixes in favor of using fresh eggs consumers could crack themselves.
  • John Harvey Kellogg and his brother Will Keith Kellogg, founders of the Kellogg Co., helped to start the health-food movement with their Toasted Corn Flakes. The Kelloggs were early believers in the concept that a diet rich in fiber and whole foods could keep people healthier, a radical notion in 1902.

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