Graham flour is a type of flour named after Sylvester Graham (1794–1851), an early advocate for dietary reform.:21, 29 Graham despised the discarding of nutrients such as germ and bran when making flour for white bread and believed that using all of the grain in the milling of flour and baking of bread was a remedy for the poor health of his fellow Americans during changes in diet brought on by the Industrial Revolution.:7-8
A substitute for it would be a mix of unbleached white flour and wheat middlings and this was commonly done prior to and after the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act in 1906, but the FDA gradually established standards and eliminated imitations from the market.:13 It was reported in 1913 that bread made from graham flour had a protein content of 12.1%.
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- Le Clerc, Joseph Arthur; Jacobs, Benjamin R. (April 12, 1913). "Graham Flour: A Study of the Physical and Chemical Differences Between Graham Flour and Imitation Graham Flours". USDA Bureau of Chemistry Bulletin. Government Printing Office (164).
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After baking, the white wheat flour not only proved the more digestible, but the protein contents were as follows: White wheat flour 12.5% protein Graham flour 12.1 Entire wheat flour 11.9