Vegemite is a type of salty yeast spread spread, which is often eaten on cookies, toast, or on sandwiches, especially in New Zealand and Australia , where it originated. Similar to British Marmite, Vegemite has a milder flavor and odor that is sometimes described as similar to soy sauce (I am willow). Vegemite is also very nutritious, with one to two higher levels of B vitamins.per portion. In the oceanic country it is so popular that 22 million units are sold a year and among its different forms of consumption it is famous for example, the special toast called «tiger» (‘tiger toast’) in which vegemite is interspersed with melted cheese baked until it acquires a similar appearance to the skin of this animal. Outside its borders, it is a difficult product to find; in Europe , for example, it is only available on a regular basis in some UK stores .


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  • 1 Origin
  • 2 Components
  • 3 Caloric value
  • 4 vitamins and minerals
  • 5 Warnings
  • 6 Sources


Its origin occurred in 1922 when the company Fred Walker & Co tries to give a commercial outlet to the yeast discarded after brewing . For this, a contest was launched whose prize, 50 pounds of the time, was won by the person who had the idea of ​​naming the pasta. From there, the product must compete with a similar one called «Marmite» and of previous existence ( 1902 ). But there were two events that tipped the balance in Vegemite’s favor. The first occurs in 1939 when the British College of Physicians recommends the product as a source of vitamin B , and therefore for infant consumption. The second, in World War II, when the Australian army, and based precisely on this high energy value, buys hundreds of remittances to feed the troops. It is at that moment, when it acquires the category of product of national pride, while its scarcity makes it a precious asset.


According to the USDA, a typical serving of Vegemite, or about 1 teaspoon, weighs about 6 g total. Protein provides about 1.7 g per serving, while just under 1 g comes from carbohydrates, and part of this measure is from sugar . There are no appreciable amounts of fat in one serving of Vegemite. The rest is from other nutrients and water.

Caloric value

A single serving of Vegemite provides around 9 calories. Approximately 5 calories come from protein , with carbohydrates making up the remaining calories. The same serving contains less than 1 percent of the total daily caloric intake for an average adult.

Vitamins and minerals

Various essential vitamins are also available in one serving of Vegemite. Thiamine with 0.5 mg and folic acid with 0.1 or 50 percent of each of the recommended daily intakes are the highest amounts. The paste also includes 2.5 mg of niacin, and 0.43 mg of riboflavin or 25 percent each. A single serving also contains small amounts of the minerals iron, potassium, zinc and selenium.


Vegemite is high in sodium . Originally with a 10 percent salt content , the amount has been reduced to around 8 percent in total. 1 tsp. of Vegemite contains more than 10 percent of the total recommended daily intake. People who follow a low sodium diet may decide to forgo Vegemite as part of their diet .


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