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Is Marmite OK?


  • Yeast Extract
  • Salt
  • Vegetable Extract
  • Niacin (Vit B3)
  • Thiamine (Vit B1)
  • Spice Extracts
  • Riboflavin (Vit B2)
  • Folic Acid
  • Celery Extract
  • Vitamin B12

I am not sure if you get it in the US, might just be a UK thing. Would taste awesome in gravy if it's allowed.

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I honestly don't know. First off (I'm a Marmite lover BTW but haven't had any since my first W30) the British one doesn't contain any sugar, the New Zealand one does, so I take it we're just talking about the British one.

Here's a post Melissa made previously talking about yeast extract in products

"This is a tricky one. While yeast does contain glutamate, so do plenty of other foods with protein, like meat. The glutamate isn't the issue - it's when these proteins are hydrolyzed at high temperature, creating a different form of glutamate (a less healthy form).

I've read both sides, and I'm not convinced that yeast extract contains the unhealthy form of MSG - which is fundamentally, chemically different from glutamic acid. But I'm also not convinced that people who are very sensitive to MSG wouldn't have a reaction when exposed to this particular form.

We say nutritional yeast is okay for the Whole30, and I doubt that yeast extract is going to present a problem for 99.99% of folks doing the program. But for now, as Tom said, we'll encourage you to look for foods and products without these added ingredients, or better yet - just make your own chicken broth. However, I would see no need to start over because you ate some yeast extract in your soup."

Marmite does contain glutamates but the company state that these are naturally occurring in the yeast and no msg is added to it. I do know a lot of people say if you're sensitive to msg, you may well find you have the same reaction to Marmite. I'm sorry this has probably only confused you even more but hopefully someone else may have a definitive answer. Personally, because I've been unsure, I've just avoided it during W30.

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Thanks Kirsteen. I gave it a lot of thought and dolloped a teaspoon in my shepherds pie anyway :lol:. Did taste amazing, and even my son ate some.

It's not something I'd use everyday, or even perhaps again during this W30 (half way, hurrah!) but it's good to know the score.

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