So, you either love it or hate it – the awesome (yeah I love it) super-food named Marmite!
I personally think it boils down to what your mother gave you as a kid – Marmite is a strange enough taste, but if it is introduced early enough in your life you will take to it…and never let go!
In this article we will be taking a closer look at the health benefits of Marmite – most of us know it is good for us, but we don’t really know WHY it is good for us…
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Awesome Facts About Marmite…
Yeah, you can tell I’m an addict, can’t you?
But we before we dive into the benefits of Marmite, I thought it’d be cool to cover a few little known facts about the dark super-spread…
#1 Who Invented Marmite?
This popular super-food was actually invented by accident by a German dude named Justus Liebig (he was a scientist in the 19th century). He was messing about with brewer’s yeast and eventually came to the conclusion that it could be separated and concentrated into bottles.
He also discovered that it actually tasted pretty boss as well!!!
So, Liebig’s discovery was taken one step further in 1902, when the Marmite Food Company was founded in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire.
There just so happened to be a mass of brewers in the Staffordshire area at the time, so getting hold of the yeast was a walk in the park!
#2 Marmite Helped Win The War!!!
Not sure whether or not this is a ‘Marmite Urban Legend’ but here we go anyway…
Apparently Marmite was included in soldiers’ rations in World War I, and later in World War II. In 1999 it was also sent over to the troops in Kosovo (the homesick soldiers needed something to remind them of Britain!).
#3 It’s So Awesome – It’s Got It’s Own Sculpture!!!
Seriously, it’s true!
The company that own the Marmite brand are called Unilever (they are a conglomerate) and they were so pleased with the product’s popularity, they decided to get a £15,000 sculpture made.
The sculpture is shaped liked the traditional Marmite jar and bears the nickname of ‘The Monumite’.
It currently stands outside the main library in Burton-on-Trent.
#4 Marmite (Apparently) Acts as a Mosquito Repellent?
Not sure about this one, but it was a listed ‘fact’ in several UK newspapers – apparently, Marmite keeps the mosquito at bay?
Now, this could mean spreading it all over your skin, which would be hideous…or it could mean simply consuming it (which I tend to lean towards!).
The Reported Health Benefits of Marmite
- It helps you sleep. Apparently the extremely high levels of magnesium in Marmite can help you get a better level of shuteye at night. This high level of magnesium apparently helps the body calm the nerves – leading to a more peaceful night’s sleep.
- It can help prevent dementia. Researchers from York University claim the high concentration of Vitamin B12 in the yeast extract increases levels of chemicals in the brain which are thought to protect against neurological disorders.
- It acts as a vitamin supplement. That’s right – no need to pay those ridiculous prices for over-the-counter vitamins any longer! Apparently, the super-spread is packed with B vitamins (not just B3) that are essential for good health. One researcher claimed that a regular serving could provide as much as an expensive supplement!
- It’s good for your heart. Being a (young) sufferer of arrhythmia – this was an extremely important fact for me. As I touched on above, Marmite contains high levels of the B Vitamins…including Vitamin B1 (good for preventing cardiovascular disease).
- It’s a hangover cure. Yep, you read that correctly – Marmite can act as a pretty awesome hangover cure! When you’ve drunk too much, the alcohol depletes your body’s store of B Vitamins (which leaves you feeling pretty shitty!). Marmite can quickly replace these lost vitamins…and lead to a smoother hangover recovery day!
- It’s BOSS for your babies. You will find that a high percentage of pregnant women LOVE to consume Marmite. Now, some of them may not exactly like it, but it’s high folic acid content is great for that unborn nipper! Folic acid is essential for pregnant women and anyone hoping to conceive, as it can help to prevent birth defects such as spina bifida.
Is Marmite Good For You?
Not a bad little pot of dark spread is it?
Now it’s over to you…
Have we missed out any Marmite health benefits you feel are important?
What’s your favorite way of eating Marmite? (try it with a mature cheddar – lovely!).
Are you a lover or a hater of the super-food?
Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.