If you Love your Vegemite, then you are going to love the news I have for you. Eaten in moderation, the suggested nutritional quantity is no more than a teaspoon per day. In conjunction with a well balanced diet on your favourite crackers or toast in the morning this savoury spread has many health benefits for you.
What is Vegemite & What is in it?
Vegemite is a quintessential Australian food, much loved by generations of Aussies. The thick near-black paste is often spread on bread and can even be added to cooking like stews and soups for an extra flavour punch. You may be surprised to learn that Vegemite is made from brewer’s yeast, which is commonly added to beer. Unfortunately there are no other ingredients listed on the Vegemite bottle, though the manufacturers do say it is free from flavours, colours and added sugars.
Is Vegemite Good for YOU?
“Happy little Vegemite’s, as bright as bright can be…”
Turns out, the jingle is correct. Well, almost correct. Correct enough for Australians to be excited about it. Researchers out of Victoria University found people who eat yeast-based spreads – such as Vegemite – have lower levels of stress and anxiety, compared to those who don’t.
The key, the researchers believe, is B Vitamins – a deficiency in B Vitamins has previously been linked to depression. Vegemite, as all Aussies know, is “rich in vitamins B1, B2, B3, and B9”.
Let’s open the bright yellow lid and take a look inside. The paste is packed with B vitamins, containing a great big dollop of niacin, riboflavin and thiamine. It also has 50 percent of the recommended daily intake for folate. You’ll also get a good dose of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and selenium. These vitamins are known to help keep the skin and eyes healthy, improve cell health, boost the digestive system and keep your nerves in check. So while Vegemite is considered a healthy spread, it’s what you eat it in conjunction with that could get you into trouble. Be wary of the bread you choose – white being the least nutritious – and avoid the butter if you can or choose an alternative like coconut spread or avocado. That being said, Vegemite is incredibly salty. You only need a little to enjoy its taste and reap the health benefits. So go easy on the spread and you’ll be one happy little Vegemite indeed!
As you can see eating vegemite in conjunction with a well balanced diet is going to give you a Great start to Optimizing your Health. In addition to this great spread it is important to include each day a selection of various coloured vegetables such as your green vegetables, orange, red, purple and yellow. Now for some lean protein such as beef, lamb, chicken and fish. Keeping eating processed foods such as vegemite to a minimum and make your daily food intake of fresh, whole plant based foods.
Establishing a Well Balanced Diet
We have “Hippocrates” to thank for the saying – “Let Food be thy Medicine & Medicine be thy Food”
Considered to be one of the most influential figures in the history of medicine and healing, Hippocrates was ahead of his time when, around the year 400 B.C, he advised people to prevent and treat diseases first and foremost by eating a nutrient-dense diet based on Fresh, Whole foods. The foods that you eat each day play a critical role in controlling inflammation levels, balancing blood sugar, regulating cardiovascular health (including blood pressure and cholesterol levels), helping the digestive organs to process and eliminate waste, and much, much more. Did you know that certain anti-inflammatory foods even contain powerful active ingredients that help control how your genes are expressed?
Because foods influence inflammation levels, blood sugar, energy, hormones, brain, and heart health, they truly do act like medicine once consumed. A healthy diet plays a role in how genes are expressed and can have a positive effect toward preventing disease, even when a disease may appear to be hereditary.
Medicinal foods to include in your daily diet, include all fresh vegetables and fruits, organ meats, grass-fed meats, healthy fats like coconut, nuts and seeds, sea vegetables and what are now being classed as superfoods like cocoa, papaya, spinach, kale, blueberries, broccoli, cooked tomatoes, oats, blackberries, garlic, brazil nuts, walnuts and black pepper.
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Making Healthy Eating a Normal part of your Daily Life will allow you to Enjoy a Life of Optimal Health, Happiness & Vitality. Reduce to virtually eliminate your risk of disease, together with eliminating any negative or destructive habits. Giving your body every opportunity to heal, restore and function optimally.