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Muesli: A Brief History


The word muesli is a Swiss-German variation of the German word “müs” meaning porridge and the diminutive suffix, “-li.”  The “invention” of muesli is credited to Swiss physician and nutritional pioneer, Maximilian Bircher-Benner.  The recipe consisted of oat flakes, raw apples, condensed milk, nuts and lemon juice and it led Dr. Bircher-Benner to overwhelming improvements in the health of many of his patients.  Dr. Bircher-Benner determined that much of the sickness experienced by his patients could be alleviated with increased exercise and a more nutritious diet.  He was able to heal and prevent disease through a diet rich in raw grains, fruits, and vegetables, and with moderate exercise including walking and gardening daily.

The first mass-produced muesli was introduced in 1959 by Somalon AG (now bio-familia AG), a Swiss company that got its start with muesli.  Somalon AG used Dr. Bircher-Benner’s recipe to create Bio-Birchermuesli, “the healthy food for the whole family.”  Bio-Birchermuesli was exported to Germany, the US, Austria, England and the Netherlands in 1960.  In the 1970s, Somalon introduced “Crunchy Muesli,” a muesli toasted with sugars and oils, similar to today’s granolas.  The product was introduced in response to US taste preferences.


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One thought on “Muesli: A Brief History

  1. Pragati says:

    yes! Muesli is really a healthy food for every one.

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