Is Vegemite good for you?

Written by MEGAN COLWELL

 

Are you a happy Vegemite who slathers the black spread on their morning toast with glee? If so, you might be interested to know about the health benefits – and possible risks – of Vegemite.

What is Vegemite?

Vegemite is a quintessential Australian food, much loved by generations of Aussies. The thick near-black paste is often spread on bread and can even be added to cooking like stews and soups for an extra flavour punch.
What’s In Vegemite?

You may be surprised to learn that Vegemite is made from brewer’s yeast, which is commonly added to beer. Unfortunately there are no other ingredients listed on the Vegemite bottle, though the manufacturers do say it is free from flavours, colours and added sugars.

Is Vegemite Healthy?

Let’s open the bright yellow lid and take a look inside. The paste is packed with B vitamins, containing a great big dollop of niacin, riboflavin and thiamine. It also has 50 percent of the recommended daily intake for folate. You’ll also get a good dose of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and selenium. These vitamins are known to help keep the skin and eyes healthy, improve cell health, boost the digestive system and keep your nerves in check. So while Vegemite is considered a healthy spread, it’s what you eat it in conjunction with that could get you into trouble. Be wary of the bread you choose – white being the least nutritious – and avoid the butter if you can or choose an alternative like coconut spread or avocado. That being said, Vegemite is incredibly salty. You only need a little to enjoy its taste and reap the health benefits. So go easy on the spread and you’ll be one happy little Vegemite indeed!

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