Marmite may be a “superfood,” a new study on the yeast extract based toast spread has revealed.
Marmite, while perhaps a superfood, is not very popular on American shores and even less amenable to many American palates. But the yeasty spread may be something we want to adopt in our morning routines due to the fact that that it contains many health-promoting ingredients and overall packs a strong nutritional punch.
UK paper The Telegraph explores recent research on Marmite’s superfood status published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. The research praises Marmite’s high doses of niacin (vitamin B3), in fighting staphylococcus bacteria. It’s immune-boosting properties (such as increasing neutrophil count and by proxy, the ability to fight bacteria) are lauded in the research.
The paper also points to research that niacin enhances some immune capabilities by an impressive 1,000 times, which might be part of why Marmite seems to be a superfood. Nutritionist Melanie Brown spoke to the paper about Marmite, and says that the spread is also a great way for certain eating-restricted people to get good doses of necessary vitamins:
“Marmite helps my pregnant clients get over morning sickness and it’s great for elderly people who have lost their sense of taste … I would recommend it to vegetarians, who miss out on vitamin B12, and children who don’t eat much wholegrain bread.”
But Brown says that while Marmite may have superfood qualities, it doesn’t mean you have to douse your breakfast in it:
“A thin layer is all you need, not piled on your toast like chocolate spread … A little of what you love won’t do you any harm.”
One concern raised over Marmite is that the superfood is high in sodium, which may be a concern for some diets.