Is Marmite Actually Good For You?
The nation seems to have agreed to disagree whether or not they love or hate the stuff, but is Marmite healthy?
Marmite is a dark and tangy yeast spread that was an accidental discovery of a German scientist in the UK as a by-product of the beer brewery industry. The infamous spread is known for dividing opinions with its deeply savoury and umami flavours, but is it good for you?
Is Marmite a good addition to your diet?
In a word, yes. It’s a great source of important vitamins and minerals, some of which can be tricky to find in other places, especially if you’re on a vegetarian or plant-based diet.
How good is Marmite for you?
Marmite contains virtually no fat and is also low in calories. Whilst there isn’t much in the way of protein, fibre or carbohydrates, it is full of:
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin B12
Marmite’s health benefits
B12 is a highly important vitamin that keeps your nerve and blood cells healthy. It’s most commonly found in meat, fish, eggs and dairy, but surprisingly not in fruit or vegetables, so it can prove a tricky one for anyone plant-based to get enough of in their diets.
Symptoms of B12 deficiency include:
- Soreness of the mouth and tongue
- Decreased appetite
- Weight loss
- Numbness and tingling in the hands and feet
- Dizziness, light-headedness
- Poor memory and confusion
By Fabian Jackson
Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.