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Have you ever tried Vegemite? Without trying it, how can you say how horrible it is?
I love Vegemite, and it's is very good for one's body.
American/Aussie's and Aussie/Americans unite, bring back our Vegemite!

I used to eat it for a while (both Vege and Mar varieties) to be "in" with my Aussie and Kiwi friends, and to make sure those other Americans knew I was different. Now? I would love to have some, just to dare my kids to eat it. They like seaweed and dried fish, so you never know, they could like it.

I used to eat it for a while (both Vege and Mar varieties) to be "in" with my Aussie and Kiwi friends, and to make sure those other Americans knew I was different. Now? I would love to have some, just to dare my kids to eat it. They like seaweed and dried fish, so you never know, they could like it.

Don't diss the Vegemite! Love it on me toast in the morning....little butter, nice cuppa tea...lovely jubbly! You can say its horrble when you see someone eating it in a peanut butter and jam sandwich. But don't diss the Veg! Aww....I miss my Vegemite....blast this starving university student life.

I looooovvveee Vegemite. The one thing that Vegemite has over Marmite is that it is a wholly vegetarian product. Marmite is meat...gross!

Try it out sometime before baggin it!

I looooovvveee Vegemite. The one thing that Vegemite has over Marmite is that it is a wholly vegetarian product. Marmite is meat...gross!

Try it out sometime before baggin it!

Just for the record - I DID try Vegemite, when the Critic and I were on our honeymoon in Australia. It didn't make me gag, but frankly neither did I see the point of subjecting myself to it on my toast with tea. Give me home-made jam from my brother every time over the Vegemite! ; )

Nothing like 'the bite' of Marmite on hot buttered toast !! Some people just don't have any taste.....;)

Nothing like 'the bite' of Marmite on hot buttered toast !! Some people just don't have any taste.....;)

I am not thrilled with the stuff myself. Hubby prefers Vegimite to Marmite. But really the good stuff is to have Kalles creamed cod roe on a knackbrod and some herring and a hard boiled egg. That will get you going in the morning.
Oops! I digress... I have tried both the Marmite and the Vegemite both were equally not impressive to me. However Vegemite and Marmite I had used in gravy to help get a better color and some added salt when needed. So it does have some redeeming qualities.

And actually, I forgot to mention the most intriguing part of the story - the reason the US is banning it has to do with the added folate, which surely should be seen as a redeeming quality rather than a reason to ban? Unless I'm mistaken, that's the same as folic acid, which is very beneficial to pregnant or trying-to-conceive women. And why should it matter whether it's added to a bread or cereal or a paste??

It seems that the entire business is rather overblown. You can see that it's been rather thoroughly researched at http://melbourne.metblogs.com/archives/2006/10/vegemite_ban_or.phtml and there is an article about it in the Herald Sun as well: http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,20641599-5005961,00.html.

Thanks Kate! I wonder where the story originally came from? One of the debunking articles I saw nevertheless included a quote from Kraft saying that the importation WAS banned. Go figure!


There is no ban on Vegemite. This is urban legend. I don't feel particularly inclined to eat the stuff but I can think of a lot of foods that fall into that category. Here is a link to the article on Snopes that documents the urban legend :

http://www.snopes.com/food/warnings/vegemite.asp

Hope this helps dispel any rumors and perhaps it will leave more fruit preserves for me. ;-)

-Art

Hey Mel, what's all this "Marmite is meat...gross!" stuff? Check out the Marmite website for the entirely vegetable ingredients...

http://marmite.co.uk/love/nutrition/ingredients.html

Yeast Extract
Salt
Vegetable Extract
Niacin
Thiamin
Spice Extracts
Riboflavin
Folic Acid
Celery Extract
Vitamin B12

Incidentally, I think that both Marmite and Vegemite are great on hot buttered toast.

Hey Mel, what's all this "Marmite is meat...gross!" stuff? Check out the Marmite website for the entirely vegetable ingredients...

http://marmite.co.uk/love/nutrition/ingredients.html

Yeast Extract
Salt
Vegetable Extract
Niacin
Thiamin
Spice Extracts
Riboflavin
Folic Acid
Celery Extract
Vitamin B12

Incidentally, I think that both Marmite and Vegemite are great on hot buttered toast.

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