Love It or Hate It

by HEAB on September 18, 2011

And by it, I mean Marmite.


Marmite: A yeast extract spread, Marmite is not only renowned for its errr, distinctive flavor, but it’s also a good source of B vitamins, completely vegetarian, is a low fat food and is very low in sugar.

Lindsay has been trying to get me to try Marmite for months, and reader Lou thought I might like it as well since I’m a huge fan of brewer’s yeast. Lindsay, Lou, thank you for persuading me. I’m an official Marmite convert.

What does Marmite taste like? Well, the particular brand I bought is a syrupy spread which surprised me because I expected a paste. The website recommends starting out with just a tee-tiny bit, roughly the amount to cover the tip of a knife. My first taste was straight from the jar…hello salt! This stuff is high in sodium, but a little goes a long way. So, I loaded up two pieces of toast with Kerrygold butter, a smear of Marmite, and ate my toast alongside a serving of Sarena style scrambled eggs with a dollop of sour cream. Talk about savory heaven – I ♥ salt. The Marmite tasted bitter but paired really well with the butter, and I couldn’t wait to try it again…


Toast + butter + Marmite + baked chicken breast.

Yep, I love Marmite. I’m not really sure what the difference between Marmite and Vegemite is. According to information I found online, Vegemite is the brand name of yeast extract spread in Australia, and the Brits refer to their more syrup-like version as Marmite. However, reader Lou tells me that the Marmite in New Zealand contains sugar is and is sweeter. I purchased the British version (no sugar) online from Amazon, but I’ve also seen it at my local grocery store. Per 4 gram serving, Marmite contains 50% of our recommended daily allowance for folate and 60% of our B12 requirements.

Have you tried Marmite or Vegemite. Lover or hater? If a lover, what’s your favorite way to eat it?

Got through this whole post and never once mentioned Men At Work…well almost. 😉