Vegemite [ vej-uh-mahyt ]
an Australian vegetable extract used as a flavoring or spread.

Vegemite is a spread primarily consumed in Australia. The exact ingredients are a secret but it is made from Brewer’s yeast. It contains B vitamins and practically no fat. It is found in the homes of 80% of Australians and 22 million jars are produced for the 1.2 billion servings to be consumed each year. 90 percent of the ingredients come from Australia and only 2 % of the jars made are exported overseas.

It was invented by Dr. Cyril P Callister hired by the Fred Walker Company in 1922 to create a spread from Brewer’s yeast. His daughter’s suggestion for the new name was chosen from hundreds of entries in a national competition. Vegemite is certified Vegan, Halal ( fit to eat or use according to Islamic law), and kosher (fit to eat or use according to Judaism) and does not contain genetically modified organisms.

Vegemite is a nutritious and tasty natural food spread made by Kraft Foods. It is created from leftover brewers’ yeast extract, a byproduct of beer manufacturing. Producers add various vegetable flavors and spices and the final product is a dark brown spread similar in texture to peanut butter.

The flavor is described as salty, bitter, or savory according to who you ask. Commonly used as a spread for a snack but sometimes to flavor stocks and soups.

Vegemite contains 25 to 50 percent of your daily recommended intake of:

Thiamin (Vitamin B1)
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
Niacin (Vitamin B3)
Folate (Vitamin B9)

One 5 gram serving (1 teaspoon) serving contains:

Calories: 9
Protein: 1.3 grams
Fat: 0 grams
Carbohydrates: 0 grams
Fiber: 0 grams
Sugar: 0 grams
Sodium: 86 milligrams

Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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