Those good people at Allinson’s have sent us the writings of their founder, the 19th century physician and wholemeal bread-fixated Dr Thomas Allinson, and they make eye-opening reading. It dawned on us that each seasoned insight might help us solve a problem of our modern age. On ‘Binge Britain’: “Persons who eat white bread often suffer from an inward craving or sinking: to cure this, recourse is often had to beer, wine, or spirits, which lulls the craving for a time. If they ate brown bread, they would not suffer from this, and we should be a more sober nation.”