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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

March 17, 1862

Dangers of Using Rye for Coffee

With the blockade in full force, Southerners were constantly searching for new ways to produce products - like coffee. On this day, the Richmond Times Dispatch reprinted a warning from a LaGrange, Georgia newspaper on the danger of using rye to make coffee.

Rye coffee. –Dr. L. J. Roberts, in a letter to the LaGrange Reporter, warns the public against the use of rye, as a substitute for coffee. He says: The grain when burnt contains upwards of fifty per cent. of phosphorec acid, which acts injuriously upon the whole bouy structure.–In the young it effectually prevents the full development of the osscons tissues, and in the old it lays the foundation for cry gargrene. It possesses the power of dissolving the phosphate of lime, which constitutes upwards of fifty per cent of the bone in man. The same power it exerts over utero gestation, and thereby bring about all the concomitant evils of abortion. Cases of this kind have come under my professional observation during a few months past, and I think facts ought to be spread before the people.