Doris Margaret Louise Grant - née Cruikshank (Born 25 January 1905 ; Died 27 February 2003) was a British nutritionist and the inventor of the wartime Grant loaf. Grant was born in Scotland and was educated at Banff Academy.
After Banff Academy, Grant attended the Glasgow School of Art where she had won a scholarship to study in Rome; however the scholarship was removed after she had become engaged to her future husband Gordon Grant. Grant married in 1927 and soon afterwards moved to London, where her husband Gordon Grant set up the new London office for his family firm, William Grant, the distillers.
Over many years Grant championed the use of fresh and natural ingredients along with minimising the amount of processing in our food in doing so she ran a long campaign against many of the major food companies by continually criticising the overuse of refined carbohydrates, especially in the manufacture of white bread and sugar.
Grant discovered the secret for the loaf, which was subsequently named after her, by accident when she realised that she had forgotten to knead the wholemeal dough she was making, and found it to have a superior taste to its kneaded counterparts. The bread was subsequently promoted as a way of encouraging wartime wives to eat well on their rations.
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